Firearm allegedly shown as threat in Barrie parking dispute

A firearm was allegedly pointed at someone after a parking dispute between two people Aug. 20. In a press release, Barrie police shared a photo of a suspect who went to a Black Cherry Crescent home at 11 p.m., where a confrontation happened over a parking situation. During the dispute, the suspect allegedly displayed a handgun towards the victim, then left. The suspect is described as a man in his mid-20s who is 5-foot-10 with long, black, braided hair tied back. He was wearing a grey T-shirt, black pants, white high-top shoes and appeared to have a white bandage or wrap on his right hand.

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South Simcoe police officer administers naloxone to man suffering overdose

A quick-thinking South Simcoe Police Service officer saved a man’s life by using naloxone.   On March 7, at about 8:30 p.m., police were called to a two-vehicle collision involving a station wagon and a pickup truck in the Saint Johns Road and 7th Line area of Innisfil.  No one was injured in the collision. After an investigation, police say officers arrested the driver of the pickup truck for operation while impaired by drugs, and moments later the driver went into medical distress.   Police realized the man was suffering an overdose and an officer quickly administered naloxone, a medication used to counteract the effects of opioid overdose. Paramedics transported the man to hospital, where he was listed in stable condition. In addition to the charge of impaired driving by drug, the 33-year-old Innisfil man was handed a 90-day licence suspension and had his vehicle impounded for seven-days

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Here’s how Ontario’s COVID-19 colour codes work

Editor’s note — April 7, 2021: The Government of Ontario has declared a state of emergency and announced a as of 12:01 a.m. on April 8. The measures will remain in place for at least four weeks. During this time, the province’s tiered COVID-19 framework will remain on pause. On March 5, the Ontario government announced the remaining public health units of will officially move out of the provincewide shutdown and into a revised version of the COVID-19 colour codes next week. The framework allows the province to rank health units based on case numbers and trends, using colour-coded categories. The guidelines for each zone were revised by the provincial government last month, with changes made to retail. Here is a refresher on the colour zones, which were initially put in place on Nov. 3, and the latest changes:  Green (Prevent)  What it is: The “green” level, also known as the “prevent” level, consists of loosened restrictions and only certain high-risk locations remaining closed. What it looks like: Some restrictions for this level include a maximum of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors for social gatherings; a maximum 50 people indoors and 100 people outdoors for organized public events; a two-metre distance between tables at dining establishments; a maximum of 50 people inside gyms or fitness centres; limiting fitting room capacity at retail stores; closing oxygen bars, steam rooms, saunas and whirlpool […]

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Orillia’s Footprints on Muskoka gets unique touch with its own line of Simcoe wear

Since opening her business, Krista Mansour is one step closer to building an original fashion brand. Mansour owns the Orillia branch of , a privately owned chain of retail stores with two other locations in Bracebridge and Gravenhurst. The Orillia location opened Aug. 2 and sells a range of fashion items, from boots and jackets to hoodies and sweatshirts. But the Orillia location has its own line of Lake Country and Simcoe wear, as Mansour experiments with different designs for her line of clothing. “Everybody can buy a sweatshirt that says the same thing on it. But what we have is unique,” said Mansour. Mansour hired a graphic designer to bring her ideas to life. To her, the store has become a place for tourists looking to get a feel for life in Orillia and the surrounding Simcoe county. “We reach all categories as far as age. We’re just kind of waiting to see how people respond to the sweatshirts,” said Mansour. “I find that a lot of people — a lot of cottagers and people that (go) camping — really like the sweatshirts and T-shirts.”

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‘We are very essential:’ Midland safety equipment supplier thriving during pandemic

It has been a crazy 12 months for . The Midland business, which specializes in safety products, janitorial supplies and safety training, has been extremely busy during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Without a doubt, it’s been our busiest year ever. It’s been crazy,” said owner Patricia Del Brocco. “We’ve been supporting a lot of businesses. We have all of the PPE (personal protective equipment) they require. We have N95 masks, sanitizer, gowns, gloves … we are a very essential business.” On March 4, First for Safety celebrated its 30th anniversary — which is quite the feat for a business that began in Del Brocco’s home. She started the business on her own in 1991, with an office in an upstairs bedroom and inventory in her garage. “I saw a need for first-aid kits and fire extinguishers in homes,” said Del Brocco. “I started dropping in and seeing small businesses on the main streets of Penetanguishene and Midland.” The business quickly grew from there. She now stocks janitorial supplies, safety equipment such as hard hats and safety harnesses, defibrillators, work boots and gloves, personal-protective equipment, safety signage, fire extinguishers, first-aid kits and more. First for Safety has been an important resource for many over the last year, not only for equipment and supplies, but for knowledge and advice. “We have been supporting businesses and providing advice and helping develop proto […]

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Today’s coronavirus news: Ontario to require COVID vaccination or regular tests in health-care, education; Province reporting 526 COVID-19 cases, 0 deaths

The latest from Canada and around the world Monday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. 12:12 p.m. The Canadian Press has learned that Ontario plans to introduce a set of policies requiring employers in education and several health-care settings to develop strict COVID-19 vaccination policies for their staff. A senior government source with knowledge of the decision said cabinet approved the plans on Monday night, with an announcement from the province’s top doctor expected on Tuesday. The source said Dr. Kieran Moore’s directive covering hospitals, ambulance services and community and home-care service providers won’t make vaccination mandatory, but those who decline the shots will be regularly tested for the virus. 11:00 p.m. U.S. experts are expected to recommend COVID-19 vaccine boosters for all Americans, regardless of age, eight months after they received their second dose of the shot, to ensure lasting protection against the coronavirus as the delta variant spreads across the country. That’s according to two people familiar with the matter who spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. An announcement was expected as soon as this week, with doses beginning to be administered widely once the Food and Drug Administration formally approves vaccines. That action is expected for the Pfizer shot in the coming weeks. U.S. health officials recommended […]

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One step forward, one step back — COVID vaccine news for Friday, March 5

As COVID-19 vaccination efforts unfold worldwide, there will inevitably be moments of progress and setbacks. The Star offers a daily look at the “one step forward, one step back,” nature of the road to vaccination. One (big) step forward… Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine has been approved for use in Canada, likely enabling accelerated COVID-19 vaccination rollouts across this country. The announcement was made Friday morning, and it means four vaccines are now available for use in the country, which is lagging the U.S. and U.K in vaccine rollout despite having ordered more vaccines per capita than any other country. The Janssen approval is especially good news because the vaccine requires only a single dose, and can be kept at regular fridge temperatures. Canada has ordered 10 million doses of the vaccine, and has the option to buy another 28 million doses, but the delivery of the Janssen vaccine is not expected to be imminent. The 10 million doses already ordered will not begin to arrive until April at the earliest, according to Joelle Paquette, the director general for vaccines at Public Services and Procurement Canada. Health Canada’s projected vaccination timeline previously showed that 24.5 million Canadians would be fully vaccinated by the end of June with approvals of the AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson, and Novavax vaccines, in addition to the already-approved Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. The only one on that list not approved n […]

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What’s Going on Here? Midland Bay Landing promenade construction

Development of Midland Bay Landing has started. A small promenade will be constructed west of Midland Bay Landing Park. JUST THE FACTS: • The promenade, which is meant to give residents and prospective investors a glimpse of the plans for the site, will be nearly 100 metres long. • It will run along the former coal dock and feature the historic two-metre-wide concrete base for the old steel rails and a new four-metre-wide concrete promenade. • Interlocking adjacent stones will be installed, along with viewing benches and a picnic table abutting a 2.5-metre-wide bio-swale with trees, shrubs and solar pedestrian lights. • A separate three-metre-wide asphalt multi-purpose trail will run parallel to the swale. • The construction project will be a demonstration of what will eventually extend along the entire 1,000-metre waterfront on the 40-acre Midland Bay Landing property. • Council has approved a $250,000 budget for the promenade. • Three large panels will be erected on the side of the multi-use trail to show plans of what the overall development will look like. • Construction of the promenade is expected to be completed in September.

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