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Regional briefs: Ski death at Blue Mountain

Suspicious death in Collingwood

COLLINGWOOD — Police are releasing few details after a person was found dead in a Kohl Street home New Year’s Day.

OPP and paramedics were called shortly after 4 p.m. after a person was found inside the house.

The investigation is continuing under the direction of the OPP Criminal Investigations Branch with assistance from the OPP Forensic Identification Unit.

Police said further details would be released when they became available.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact Collingwood OPP at 705-445-4321 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


Wolves escape from reserve

HALIBURTON — Police believe five wolves escaped from a wildlife reserve in Haliburton after vandals damaged the compound around the 15-acre wolf enclosure New Year’s Eve.

Police went to the Haliburton Forest and Wildlife Reserve Tuesday morning to investigate the mischief at the reserve’s Wolf Centre.

Police believe vandals damaged the compound sometime between 5 and 7 p.m. Monday, allowing five wolves to leave the enclosure and enter the surrounding forest.


Skiing-related death at Blue Mountain

COLLINGWOOD — The death of an Aurora man who died Tuesday as a result of a skiing injury is under police investigation

According to OPP, the 48-year-old man was on Tranquility Run at Blue Mountain Resort when the incident occured at about 1 p.m. He was attended to by other skiers and the ski patrol before being taken to Collingwood General and Marine Hospital.

Police said he died at the hospital.

The run was closed to the public for the rest of the day and the investigation is continuing.

This is the first reported skiing-related death at area ski hills this season.


MP hosting budget meeting with public

Simcoe North MP Bruce Stanton will be hosting three public meetings to provide local residents an opportunity to share their thoughts and input on the 2013 federal budget.

The meetings, each of which will run from 2 to 5 p.m., are as follows:

• Orillia Opera House (Green Room), Jan. 21

• North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre in Midland (boardroom), Jan. 22

• Washago Community Centre, Jan. 24

All submissions are welcome, but Stanton is specifically interested in residents’ comments and suggestions concerning four main questions: Are there measures we can take to strengthen our economy in the face of global economic threats? Are there any cost-neutral or low-cost measures to further solidify our economic recovery and position Canada to prosper over the long term? In what areas should we look for more efficient and effective spending? How can the government further encourage private-sector growth and leadership in the economy?

Submissions can also be made by email to and regular mail. (No postage is necessary to send mail to MPs.)

The public meetings are one part of the consultations Stanton will undertake in January, which also include working lunches with representatives of the eight municipal governments in Simcoe North and visits to local businesses.


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