Month: August 2017

A countryside drive from Barrie

Simcoe County has a deep heritage for this is the heart of the land of the Wendat, or Hurons. Their main settlement was near to Elmvale. The main cultivated plants were the “Three Sisters’ – corn (maize), squash and beans. Unfortunately, there is little to be seen in the countryside of this Nation, which suffered great hardship after its loss to the Iroquois in the War of 1649. This defeat signalled the end of the Wendat Nation in this area. It is now located in two places: Quebec and Oklahoma. There had been some European influence since the 1640s,...

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Peacekeepers Day Parade at Angus Memorial

The Barrie  Legion and members of the Central Ontario chapter of the Peacekeeping Association came out in full force for Peacekeepers Day at the memorial in Angus. The flag raising and parade held recognized the women and men of Canada’s military who work for peace and stability around the world. The parade ended at Base Borden with the flag raising ceremony along with the dedication of a light Armoured Vehicle used for missions in Afghanistan. It was Lester B. Pearson, who led the first armed United Nations peacekeeping mission during the Suez Crisis in 1956. Canadian peacekeepers have gone on to...

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Deputy Mayor Smith remembered

On August 1 all flags flew half-staff in honour of beloved Deputy Mayor Jamie Smith who passed at his home from a heart condition. Deputy Mayor Smith had been a member of New Tecumseth Council since 2003 and was always on hand to provide advice and support to new members. He launched his long and successful career when moving to Alliston over 40 years ago to accept a job with a local law firm. Mayor Rick Milne worked as a police officer during the same time period and worked closely over the years with his long-time friend and colleague....

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Support our vets at Invictus Games

The Invictus Games are coming to Toronto Sept. 23 to 30 when the city will host 550 competitors from 17 nations, including Canada. The events will include 12 adaptive sports across all of these venues of the GTA including, for the first time, golf. The games were awarded to Canada in part through an effort started by True Patriot Love, an organization devoted to helping military men and women and their families. PJ Kwong, Media Relations Coordinator, explained the general set up of the games. “All of the events have everything you would find at other games, including medal...

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Provincial politics heats up in York-Simcoe

The provincial nomination heated up August 4, when the former Prime Minister’s daughter, Caroline Mulroney, made her bid to run in York-Simcoe. PC party leader Patrick Brown tweeted out his support of her candidacy. Mulroney herself admits that she has always known that she may one day enter the arena of politics. “It’s something that I’ve always had in the back of my mind, something that I wanted to do. I grew up watching my parents and a lot of our friends get involved in politics and public service and so, I thought it was something that I would...

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