MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES The third annual Bikes for Kids campaign, organized by brokers at Mortgage Man Dominion Lending Centres in Orillia, resulted in 26 bikes being given to local kids. Recipients are referred through Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Orillia Youth Centre. Other local also businesses contributed to the campaign. Pictured, from left, are Nicholas Trudeau, 14, and sisters Keyonia, 10, and Sophia Shortt-Bailey, 8, who were picking up their bikes, helmets and locks Friday.

New wheels

The third annual Bikes for Kids campaign, organized by brokers at Mortgage Man Dominion Lending Centres in Orillia, resulted in 26 bikes being...

Letter: Action plan needed

On Dec. 6, we took pause to reflect on the inequality and beliefs that caused the horrific acts of violence at l’École Polytechnique in 1989.

David Hawke/Special to the Packet & Times As someone once said, “so many books, so little time.” The collection of reading material that is stacked on a beside table or shelf will reveal much about a person's character. The author admits sometimes there is a backlog of information to be digested.

Who has time for a tome?

If you want to know a person – to really, really know what that person is all about – take a look at the reading material on his or her bedside table.

Mark Wanzel/photo Adam Framssen inspects his work after spending over an hour shoveling his sidewalk and driveway as Barrie received its first major snowstorm Friday.

Winter wonderland

Mark Wanzel/photoAdam Framssen inspects his work after spending over an hour shoveling his sidewalk and driveway as Barrie received its first major sn

KATE GRIGG/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES Patsy Robbins has turned the greyness of grief into a garden of colour.

Remembering Patsy Robbins

Editor’s note: The July 24, 2015, edition of the Packet & Times featured a column about Patsy Robbins, written by Kate Grigg. Robbins died Tuesday in

Work stopped until spring

The Old Barrie Road intersection improvement project will resume in spring 2017, at which point a portion of Harvie Settlement Road will be closed.

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