ANDREW PHILIPS/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET AND TIMES Tom Carrothers, a representative with the Family Network 4 Advocacy Committee, and CUPE Ontario official Kelly O’Sullivan want provincial byelection candidates to commit to better long-term-home care.

Tackle violence: CUPE

The state of Ontario's long-term-care system should be near the forefront of next week's Simcoe North byelection campaign.

KATE GRIGG/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES Laura Joyce and her dog guide, Norma, will participate in the Purina Walk for Dog Guides Sept. 27 at Couchiching Beach Park. This year's walk is in memory of Rita, the dog guide Laura lost in January.

This one's for Rita

Out of the blue, she started behaving erratically, bouncing around, breathing strangely. Laura Joyce called her brother-in-law: There's something wron

SUBMITTED PHOTO Rolling down the windows may not be saving you any money. If you own a sedan-type vehicle, you might save gas by switching the AC on.

Keeping cool is such a drag

In last month's column, we talked about air conditioners, how they work and whether you should get central AC, a portable unit or just a fan in your h

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