SUBMITTED PHOTO Ella was the winner of a birdhouse the Couchiching Conservancy had as a prize at its ambassador booth on Canada Day.

Building success with volunteers

It's hard to believe it's been 11 years since the Couchiching Conservancy office at Grant's Woods opened after renovations to the Grant house -- and e


Arson probe continues

The investigation continues into a house fire Thursday in Oro-Medonte Township that led to arson charges.

LETTER: Money well spent

Deficits are paper problems. Homelessness and starvation are immediate problems. The latter are far more serious than the former. Kudos to Justin Trud

LETTER: More of the same

Conventional political wisdom is that (1) byelections are an opportunity to send a message to the government and (2) voter turnout will be low. One of

DAVID HAWKE/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES In June 1969, the author's graduating Grade 8 class at Mount Slaven Public School could barely wait for summer vacation to begin. Just a few weeks later (it seemed) and they started back to school at Park Street Collegiate Institute. Both schools are now closed, but the memories they had of that magical summer break are still strong within them.

The politics of play

As I hotfoot it down the cement alleyway between the houses, I hold the .38-calibre snub-nosed revolver in front of me, anticipating trouble. Strapped

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