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June 2024 Re: “Immigration policy untethered from reality” Brian Lilley, Toronto Sun, 12 June): The number of immigrants admitted each year and insufficient employment opportunities are just two problems with Trudeau’s immigration policy. Another is that most immigrants, admitted under any federal government, generally congregate in large metropolitan areas with their fellow ex-patriots, which is …

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Sunset Ceremony honours Barrie war veterans on the 80th anniversary of D-Day

June 2024 On the evening of 6 June, at Barrie’s Military Heritage Park, along the shore of Kempenfelt Bay, a large crowd gathered for a special Sunset Ceremony to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day, the beginning of the end for the Nazis and the Third Reich. Codenamed Operation Neptune, the Normandy landings on 6 …

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Flying Officer Alfred B. Thompson – Simcoe County’s connection to The Great Escape

June 2024 The history of World War II includes many significant battles and stories of courage and sacrifice. One of the best known stories that took place far from the battlefields of Europe came to be known as The Great Escape. In March 1944, a mass escape of British and Commonwealth airmen took place at …

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Etobicoke football stadium re-named in honour of the late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

May 2024 For a man who loved football, the re-naming of Centennial Park football stadium to Rob Ford Stadium on 28 May, the day that would have been Ford’s 55th birthday, is a fitting tribute. The newly-rechristened Rob Ford Stadium is a 2,200-seat stadium, opened in 1975 in the Toronto suburb of Etobicoke, that is primarily …

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Three years later, no bodies have been found at former residential schools

May 2024 Three years after the shocking announcement that the “bodies” of 215 Indigenous children had been “found” in unmarked graves at the former Kamloops Residential School, can we finally acknowledge that it appears that it was all a lie? Not one unmarked grave containing the body of an Indigenous child has been found. Not …

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You Are Here – Giant astrolabe commemorates French explorer Samuel de Champlain’s arrival in Penetanguishene

May 2024 The historic southern Ontario town of Penetanguishene is a small, bilingual town with a history that goes back to the early days of New France and the French explorers who helped settle North America. French translator Étienne Brûlé was the first European to set foot in the Penetanguishene area around 1610, where he …

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Barrie’s Ukrainian Vyshyvanka Day Festival – Celebrating everything Ukrainian

May 2024 Meridian Place in downtown Barrie, Ontario, was a busy place on Sunday, 19 May, for Barrie’s second annual Ukrainian Vyshyvanka Day Festival. Hosted by the Ukrainian Community in Barrie, Vyshyvanka Day is an annual holiday celebrated internationally, where Ukrainians celebrate their heritage and the symbol of  the iconic Ukrainian embroidered shirt (vyshyvanka). With …

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Electric vehicles are losing their luster with consumers

May 2024 I hope all the electric vehicle enthusiasts aren’t crying too many tears into their triple-foam, half-caff lattes or on their avocado toast, but Mercedes-Benz recently announced at their annual shareholder’s meeting that their plan to manufacture only electric vehicles after 2030 has been put on hold. CEO Ola Källenius announced that “There will …

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The Queen’s Hotel – A popular Barrie establishment for almost two centuries

May 2024 The Queen’s Hotel in the southern Ontario city of Barrie has been an institution for almost 175 years. Beginning as a tavern in 1850, it was known as Marks’ Hotel back then, named after proprietor Edward Marks. The three-storey brick hotel on Dunlop Street East, no longer offers rooms for the night, but …

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What could go wrong with a $10/day childcare plan? Oh right!

May 2024 From the files of Captain Obvious, it appears that while the $10 per day daycare program may have made for a great campaign promise, delivering it has been another story. How is a business supposed to make a profit if it can’t cover its expenses? Even not-for-profit businesses, a name that is a …

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