Author: ray yurkowski

Simcoe County out of the running in Amazon headquarters bid

Amazon has narrowed the group of potential sites for its second headquarters to 20 locations and Toronto is the only Canadian city to make the list. The Seattle-based company selected the finalists from 238 proposals. Amazon said it will spend $5 billion at the winning location and will employ 50,000 there. A final decision will be made later this year. In a statement, Simcoe County Warden Gerry Marshall says he is proud of the local bid and is pleased with the success of some of the initial objectives. “Our bid to bring Amazon’s second world-headquarters to Simcoe County appears...

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Lakehead Orillia professor named Fulbright research chair

A Lakehead University professor is the recipient of a Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). The Canadian Studies Program is an interdisciplinary campus initiative to promote research on and instruction of Canada. The four-month post started in January. At the California campus, Dr. Cheryl Lousley, associate professor of English and interdisciplinary studies at Lakehead Orillia, will take a look into the ways in which environmental concerns have been woven into the narrative of Canadian fiction. Her research will focus on the study of contemporary Canadian novels and short stories. “We talk about...

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StatsCan says Canadians spending as much on marijuana as wine

With the Government of Canada poised to legalize access to cannabis for non-medical purposes in 2018, Statistics Canada released a report, on Dec. 18, estimating consumption of the herb from 1960 to 2015. The study estimates 4.9 million cannabis consumers in Canada, aged 15 and older in 2015, including both medical and non-medical use. That translates to an estimated 697.5 tonnes of weed. Assuming a price range of $7.14 to $8.84 per gram, the estimated value of cannabis consumption in Canada in 2015 ranged from $5 billion to $6.2 billion, making the pot market roughly one-half to two-thirds of the size of the $9.2 billion beer market or about 70 to...

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Name this Barrie theatre

The former Mady Centre for the Performing Arts, in downtown Barrie, has a new sponsor and will soon have a new permanent name. On Dec. 11, Barrie city council gave their approval to Pratt Homes as the new sponsor for the theatre, which is located at the Five Points intersection, at 1 Dunlop St. West. The Mady name officially expired in December 2016 after developer Charles Mady defaulted on his naming-rights deal. He agreed to buy the naming rights for 22 years in exchange for a $500,000 gift to the city over five years. Last February, city officials issued...

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RVH plans for south campus expansion

Five years after Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) opened a $450-million expansion that doubled its size, the health centre has now begun planning for the future. That includes a south campus to meet healthcare needs in a rapidly-growing Innisfil and South Barrie. The planning process is being overseen by the board of directors’ newly-formed capital planning committee. “Planning for an additional facility is a 15 to 20 year process,” says Doug Frost, committee chairperson. “To meet the healthcare needs of our region in the future, we must begin the planning now.” Of note, in 2009, a 50-acre parcel...

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    November 4, 2017 - April 28, 2018
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    March 29
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