Month: January 2018

Travis Dermott scores first NHL goal

By Perry Lefko Travis Dermott is making quite an impression for the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 21-year-old defenceman, from Newmarket, scored his first National Hockey League goal on Jan, 31 in a 5-0 victory over the New York Islanders at the Air Canada Centre. He also added an assist on a goal by fellow rookie defenceman Justin Holl, who was playing in his first NHL game. Dermott tipped in a pass from forward William Nylander to score on a play in which he had possession of the puck in the offensive zone, lost control of it and then stripped...

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Cycling Canada names 18 athletes to the 2018 Commonwealth Games team

Commonwealth Games Canada and Cycling Canada recently announced the nine women and nine men who will represent Canada in the cycling events at the 2018 Commonwealth Games from April 5-14 at Gold Coast, Australia. The list includes Barrie athlete, Adam Jamieson. Canadian cyclists have a long tradition of medal-winning performances at the Commonwealth Games, including three medals at the Glasgow Games in 2014.  At the Gold Coast Games, athletes will compete in track, mountain bike and road cycling events. “The Commonwealth Games is a really special event,” said Team Leader for cycling Kris Westwood. “On the one hand it’s a highly competitive event that...

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Interim leader says he won’t run in March leadership race

Vic Fedeli is abandoning leadership ambitions for the provincial PC Party. Fedeli sent out an email to party members Jan. 30 saying, “It has been a chaotic time for our party and a steady hand is needed at the helm. It is time to put the party and the province ahead of any one person’s ambition. As such, I will work exclusively as interim leader to the party. I will not be running for the permanent leadership position. “We have a strong caucus, a strong roster of candidates with more to come and we will have a very worthy...

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No easy formula for North

There have been moments of momentous achievement for the Barrie North Vikings. Unfortunately, there’s also been ones of pure frustration. Such has been the nature for the developing senior boys team in the public school board’s triple-A loop. “We’ve been hot and cold,” said Vikings coach Steve Porter. “Unfortunately, we’ve been inconsistent. We’ve beaten the teams we should have beaten, we beat Innisdale in a bit of a shocker because we decided to play well, but we lost to Eastview and Bradford, both in overtime, because we didn’t decide to play well.” Things didn’t start out on the right...

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Downtown theatre now Five Points

Five Points Theatre is the new name for Barrie’s centre for the performing arts. After a brief name the theatre contest, Five Points received the most votes from among four other proposed names. In total, 2,400 votes were cast with Five Points earning the nod on about 600 of the ballots. The name reflects the five point intersection outside the doors of the centre in downtown Barrie. The contest came about after Pratt Homes was named the chief sponsor for the facility by paying $300,000 for the 15-year naming rights. However, rather than name the facility after itself, the...

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