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Angus couple wins $100,000 in High Roller game

An Angus couple are $100,000 richer after winning the top prize in LOTTO MAX’s Instant High Roller game.

John and Lauraine Malarczyk won the money in Game 1874. ?The couple are regular LOTTO 6/49 and LOTTO MAX players, but tried the High Roller game because it’s new.

“I was completely breathless when I realized we won,” said John Malarczyk. “I kept telling him to breathe,” added his wife. ??

The couple have four children and say they will using the money to help with their mortgage. ??INSTANT HIGH ROLLER is a $5 INSTANT game that has eight top prizes of $100,000. Overall odds of winning are one in 3.82. ??

The winning ticket was purchased at Giant Tiger on Massey Street in Angus. 

Barrie among first to have new signs

Barrie has new ‘drinking water protection zone’ road signs, which are the new provincial standard.

The city says they’re to create public awareness that certain activities in these areas can have an impact our water supplies.

The signs will be placed within the most vulnerable source water areas – near municipal wells and areas around surface water intakes – during the next few weeks.

The first roads signs were installed last week on Lakeshore Drive, just north of Tiffin Street.

Barrie is among the first municipalities in the province to install the signs.

They were designed by the province in partnership with the Source Protection Regions.

“It’s important that we are all aware of where our drinking water sources are most vulnerable, so that we can help protect them,” said Katie Thompson, Barrie’s risk management official. “The signs will also be a signal to emergency responders, so that public water sources can be protected in the event of a spill.”

The Source Protection Plan for the South Georgian Bay Lake Simcoe Source Protection Region, which includes Barrie’s drinking water sources, received approval by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change and came into effect on July 1, 2015.

The plan, which was developed under Ontario’s Clean Water Act, introduces a variety of policies to keep contaminants out of municipal drinking water sources, including the installation of ‘drinking water protection zone’ signs.

About 780 of these signs will be installed in the province, with 23 of those in Barrie.

Source Water Protection is about protecting existing and future sources of drinking water from overuse and contamination. The most effective way to ensure safe and sustainable drinking water is to protect it at its source.

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Wintery mix in forecast

3:23 PM Tuesday, March 22

?Winter storm watch in effect for:


 •    Barrie – Collingwood – Hillsdale

    •    Midland – Coldwater – Orr Lake

    •    Orillia – Lagoon City – Washago

    •    Angus – Innisfil – New Tecumseth


A winter mix of precipitation is expected from midday Wednesday until Thursday night.

Significant snow and ice pellets with accumulations of 10 to 20 centimetres is likely with an approaching low pressure system on Wednesday.

The exact track of the low will determine how much snow may accumulate and if the track is further north a band of freezing rain may also impact the region on Wednesday evening. Ice pellets mixed in with the snow may give a heavier layer causing difficulty in driving or snow clearing.

Impacts from freezing rain may include ice accumulations of up to 5 millimetres on surfaces by Thursday morning.

The freezing rain or heavy snow may also cause power outages due to the weight breaking tree limbs. The winter weather will move eastward on Thursday evening.

Rapidly accumulating snow could make travel difficult over some locations. Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots may become icy and slippery.

Public Safety Canada encourages everyone to make an emergency plan and get an emergency kit with drinking water, food, medicine, a first-aid kit and a flashlight. For information on emergency plans and kits go to

11:17 AM Tuesday, March 22

?Special weather statement in effect for:

•Barrie – Collingwood – Hillsdale

•Midland – Coldwater – Orr Lake

•Orillia – Lagoon City – Washago

* Innisfil – Angus –  New Tecumseth

Winter weather threatening this week.??

Although it’s officially spring, winter weather is still normal this time of year around the Great Lakes.

A weak disturbance will bring a little snow or rain to most of Southern Ontario today. However, a stronger low pressure system is expected to emerge from Colorado and affect the region Wednesday through Thursday.??

Although there is uncertainty with the exact track of the storm, the latest guidance suggests significant snow is possible over areas extending from Lake Huron and Georgian Bay across Lake Simcoe into Eastern Ontario.

Freezing rain and ice pellets will be possible across a large portion of Southwestern Ontario, the Golden Horseshoe and parts of Eastern Ontario.

Rain is expected closer to Lake Erie.??Environment Canada meteorologists are watching the evolution of this storm closely. Even a slight northward or southward shift in the track of the low will affect how much snow, freezing rain or rain falls at any particular location.??

Motorists should be prepared for a return to hazardous winter driving conditions this week, especially in areas that receive freezing rain or snow.

Tempers flare during council debate

Collingwood’s CAO was offered an extension of his contract at town council Monday night, but it wasn’t pretty.

There has been a split opinion on council as to whether to extend CAO John Brown’s contract or to begin the search for a permanent executive manager.

However there seemed to be a bigger split in what Mayor Sandra Cooper and Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson think is fair play.

The two squared off over Saunderson’s motion two weeks ago as a notice of motion to extend John Brown’s contract by a year.

Mayor Cooper, reading from notes, accused the deputy mayor and some members of council of pushing her aside and not affording her office the level of respect and engagement it requires.

"People who know me would suggest that I am a consensus builder and try, whenever possible, to avoid creating a caustic environment, sometimes at a fault," said Cooper. "This long-standing approach creates an atmosphere where some individuals feel they can aggressively push me aside or not engage my office with the opinion that there will be little consequence."

Mayor Cooper felt that the CAO’s contract should have been discussed in-camera before bringing it before the public.

Deputy Mayor Saunderson didn’t see it that way.

"We are doing our business where you can all see it," Saunderson said, addressing the public. "If you can point me to one aspect of the procedural bylaw that somehow I might have fallen aside or astray of, I’d like you to point it out."

Tension continued to grow between the two as Cooper continued to air her grievances while Saunderson tried to rebut.

"We have chosen a different path that is divisive and shows a complete, in my view, disrespect for the mayor’s office," she said. "Hopefully, once a decision is made, we will put this matter behind us and enter into a new era of co-operation and respect."

As Saunderson continued to protest, the mayor refused to give him the floor.

"This is going under objection," he said. "I have made a point of privilege that you refuse to rule on. You went ahead and accused myself and other members of this council of disrespect with process."

Cooper ended the conversation by calling for a recess of nearly 40 minutes.

In the end, council voted 5-4 to offer Brown an extension of his contract, which will run to October, 2017. Cooper and councillors Tim Fryer, Mike Edwards and Kevin Lloyd voted against the extension, while Saunders, Kathy Jeffery, Deb Doherty, Cam Ecclestone and Bob Madigan voted for the motion.

Brown was brought in on an interim basis in July, 2013, where council approved a two-year contract in September of that year. His contract was extended again in early 2015 that was to cover the role until October, 2016.

Councillor Mike Edwards spoke against the motion, feeling that there was greater savings to be had searching for a new executive manager.

"My comments aren’t meant to be divisive, but in the best interest of the community," Edwards said. "I think that it is time that council appointed a full time CAO and not one on contract that seems to continue and continue and paying the premium rate."

Edwards argued that with a search for an applicant expected to take six or seven months, that the timeline for hiring the new person would fit nicely with the fall, giving the new person time to become conversant with Collingwood’s policies and processes by the time the new council is appointed in 2018.

Tim Fryer followed that point by saying that when he agreed to the last extension of Brown’s contract, it was with the understanding that council would begin the search for a permanent CAO.

"At the time I stated that it would be best to take advantage of the opportunity provided by the extension and to seek out whether a strong successor candidate could be found and convinced to join our team," said Fryer. "Perhaps if the process had been followed, a successor would now be involved and maintain continuity of the important CAO work at hand."

The question of salaries as well proved to be a sore point.

Brown’s salary for 2015 was $225,000 which includes a retirement fund (OMERS) cash payout.

Saunderson listed neighbouring communities whose CAO’s all earn approximately the same as Brown, excluding the OMERS retirement fund, while others, Edwards included had his own list of neighbouring CAO’s who come in significantly less.

Saunderson cited communities such as New Tecumseth, Innisil and Bradford-West Gwillimbury as paying their CAO’s between $192,000 to $194,000, while Mike Edwards listed The Blue Mountains, Meaford and Orillia ranging from $151,000 to $167,000 as identified in the most recent Sunshine list released by the province.

Pensions paid by employers is not identified on the list.

Salary ranges, generally, are based on experience.

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Bradford youth charged with breach

BRADFORD – A female youth was charged with breaking her probation after driving her mother’s car  to the store – despite having no permission to take the vehicle, and no driver’s licence. South Simcoe police learned of the breach just after midnight Thursday, March 24. She also breached her probation by being out late at night.

She was charged with Breach, and given an April Court date – and cautioned about taking the car.

Gulity plea for Orillia woman accused in January B&E, DUI in Kawartha Lakes

One of three people accused in a break-and-enter in January has pleaded guilty.

Erica Varley, a 24-year-old Orillia woman, received 94 days in jail for deceit/defraud.

With the 62 days she served in pretrial custody taken into consideration, she spent an additional day behind bars before beginning 18 months’ probation. She also has three months to pay restitution of $56.91.

Varley, Blake Nolin and Derrick Courvoisier were all arrested and charged following the Jan. 10 incident. Police allege Nolin and Courvoisier forced their way into a house on Memorial Avenue and assaulted a female occupant.

All three suspects were picked up during the week of Jan. 25. Nolin will be in court for a pretrial hearing April 11, while Courvoisier’s case will be spoken to April 12.

RIDE check leads to charge

RIDE checks can happen any day of the week, at any time, as one Orillia man discovered earlier this week.

Alan Draper, 39, was charged with having more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood near Fenelon Falls Wednesday night.

Officers from Kawartha Lakes OPP were conducting a RIDE check on Kawartha Lakes Road 8 when Draper went through the spot check at about 8:40 p.m.

He will be in Lindsay court April 14.

Skills put to use at Lake Country Time Trade open house

An economy based on an exchange of skills, rather than money, makes for a progressive Orillia, according to a local entrepreneur.

“I’m all about the sharing economy,” said Brian Opdenkelder, who runs Gomon Dojo, offering various forms of self-defence and combat training. “I think it’s an important community for people who maybe have more time and skills and services to offer than they do money to spend.”

He was among the dozen or so members of Lake Country Time Trade (LCTT) at its open house Saturday at the Orillia Public Library.

Annalise Stenekes, who helped start LCTT, said it operates on the principles of a shared economy: a bartering of services and skills that could come in handy in the event of an economic downfall.

“I was part of a group called Transition Orillia, and the main point of that group was trying to transform Orillia into a resilient community,” she said.

Soon after she joined Transition Orillia, Stenekes was diagnosed with cancer, followed by treatment and recovery. Throughout the ordeal, she had overwhelming support from friends.

“You always want to reciprocate when you receive help,” Stenekes said.

But she found she couldn’t return the favour using many of her skills, such as making soup, canning and playing the guitar. So, she found a way to make a broader impact — through LCTT.

Members sign up for free on the LCTT website (, where, after a short vetting process, they can put out “offers,” stating the skills they’re offering, and “requests,” describing the services they’re seeking from another member.

“I thought not only is this a good idea in terms of local resilience, but I can use this to give back to my friends and make a mark in the community,” said Stenekes.

Since its launch in January 2015, LCTT has signed on 42 members, who offer a variety of skills such as photography, landscaping, music lessons, dance, arts and crafts, bookkeeping and more.

Brandon Legarie, a fourth-year Lakehead University social work student who is earning coursework hours by volunteering at the LCTT open house and as a member of the group, was offering help in teaching basic computer use. He isn’t currently looking for help with a particular task, but some of the skills of fellow members might be of use someday.

“I grow my own vegetable garden, so I know canning is something I’m interested in doing,” Legarie said.

Each LCTT member decides how much or how little he or she wants to participate.

“Just because someone contacts you with an offer doesn’t mean you have to give it to them,” Stenekes said. “You’re really in charge of your participation.”

Fellow event co-ordinator Katy Howard, who teaches knitting and other arts and crafts, has used her time trade hours to have members help spruce up her property.

“They brought hostas that they split from their own garden and helped me redo the entire thing so I could resell my house,” she said. “Right now, I just had my last need filled: data entry at my office.”

With more members signing up, the organization is slowly gaining traction.

“I think it’s a great way to get people involved in the community and it’s a great way for people who wouldn’t normally be able to access these sorts of services to access them for free,” said Howard.

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Alliston teen missing from group home

Nottawasaga OPP is looking for a teen girl reported missing from an Alliston group home.

Police say Tamika Niles, 16, was last seen March 20 at 4:30 p.m. in the Alliston area travelling on foot. She is believed to be heading towards the Toronto area. She was last seen wearing a pink tank top, black pants and carrying a bag with pink trim.

There is a concern for her well being.

This is the second time recently that .

OPP asked the public’s help to locate her last week, however police say she was safely located Saturday (March 19).

She is 5’ 4” tall and 140 pounds with a medium build, has black hair, and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact OPP at 705-434-1939 or 1-888-310-1122.