Veronica Campbell's sketch shows Rocco Galati during the hearing at the Federal Court of Appeal Monday.

Banking on serious reform

"I'm the bad guy," I overheard the government lawyer say jokingly, introducing himself to former minister of defence Paul Hellyer in the Federal Court

CHERYL BROWNE/BARRIE EXAMINER Registered nurses Miae Kim, left, Eloise Bonin, Marian Facciolo, Lori Brown and Anita Moore picket on St. Vincent Street near the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit in Barrie, Friday.

Health-care workers walk the line

Bundled up against the frigid wind, dozens of nurses walked the picket line on Sperling Drive Friday in Barrie after talks with management at the prov

Mike McConnell and his mom, Sue Nilsson, high-five after their 500-metre doubles race. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Rowing club, CrossFit team up

The Orillia Rowing Club and CrossFit Orillia had another successful Indoor Rowing Competition recently -- their fifth year of partnering together for

JUNE 6 - A private stewardship project with a rancher in Carden has reintroduced cattle to this 95-acre ranch, which hasn’t been grazed in more than eight years. Wildlife Preservation Canada, the Couchiching Conservancy and the landowner teamed up to fence the property and put in a water system for the cattle. Loggerhead shrike are known to nest nearby, and it is hoped cattle grazing will create the grassland habitat shrike prefer, which will also benefit other threatened and endangered grassland species. “Working grasslands” such as this have become key to sustaining grassland bird populations throughout North America. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Trusting in conservation

For those who might be asking -- "Just what is a land trust?" or "Why do you need ongoing support? Doesn't the land just sit there once you acquire it

The Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program has monitored marsh birds and frogs as indicators of wetland health. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Tozer to talk marsh monitoring

The next meeting of the Orillia Naturalists' Club will take place Feb. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at the Orillia Museum of Art and History (third floor).

A trumpeter swan comes in for a visually impressive landing on Lake Couchiching. Although probably hatched and living in the wild, many of these large birds have become dependent on humans to provide winter food. DAVID HAWKE/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES

Swans: the next Canada geese?

Once upon a time, in the 1960s and for years prior, Canada geese were but a small portion of the local waterfowl scene. After reintroduction programs

Matt Mistele of the Oshawa Generals and Barrie Colts defenceman Jonathan Laser tangle in the corner during Ontario Hockey League action at the Barrie Molson Centre on Thursday night. The Generals came out on top, 5-1. ZACH MACPHERSON/PHOTO

Generals dismiss Colts

The Barrie Colts have shown that they can hang with the league’s best. Beating them, however, is still another story.

ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES Jim Woodford, pictured Thursday in his Sugarbush home with his wife, Pat, is dying of cancer. Woodford is upset the charitable status of an organization called Dying With Dignity, which advocates for more patient say on the issue of right-to-die, has been revoked by the Canada Revenue Agency.

Dying with dignity

For the past two decades, Jim Woodford has spent time helping dying cancer patients come to terms with the fact their lives are ending.

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