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BECKI CREWE/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET AND TIMES Jennifer Slattery, a local resident of Orillia, recently boarded a plane to California. This weekend, she will go through a stem cell transplant with hopes of being able to fully walk again. After her procedure, she'll have physiotherapy five days a week as well as doing her own physical rehabilitations with running and playing tennis.

'The support is just phenomenal'

An Orillia woman will get her dream fulfilled with a new, innovative medical procedure that will allow her to once again run, play tennis and, most of all, play with her grandchildren.

Mayor Jeff Lehman, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca were at the South Barrie GO station, Friday, to announce the expansion of GO train service from the current 70 to 200 trips per week on the Barrie line. CHERYL BROWNE /BARRIE EXAMINER

GO plan on track: Wynne

Premier Kathleen Wynne hopped off a southbound GO train at the Barrie South station shortly after 9 a.m. Friday.

Moment of reflection

A Supreme Court ruling that municipal meetings can't begin in religious prayer is being contemplated by two local township councils that typically recite a Christian one before getting into their agendas.

Roberta Bell/The Packet & Times Of the patients admitted Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital’s mental-health unit as a threat to themselves last year, records obtained under access-to-information laws reveal that 10% had used cannabis within the three days before.

Study shows link between pot use and mental health

Of the patients admitted Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital's mental- health unit as a threat to themselves last year, records obtained under access-to-information laws reveal that 10% had used cannabis within the three days before.

First Nation, Metis and Inuit students from across the Simcoe County District School Board explore their voices and their future during a conference Friday at Geneva Park. The students heard from speaker Dave Jones (second from left in the back row) and his team with an organization called Turtle Concepts about the importance of being proud of their heritage, who they are and contributing positively to an inclusive society. ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES

Being proud

First Nation, Metis and Inuit students from across the Simcoe County District School Board explore their voices and their future during a conference Friday at Geneva Park. The students heard from speaker Dave Jones (second from left in the back row) and his team with an organization called Turtle Concepts about the importance of being proud of thei

High school students sponsored by local Rotary Clubs play a team-building game Friday at Geneva Park to kick off a three-day leadership conference. Over the weekend, the students, who came from an area that stretches from Innisfil to Timmins, will learn skills to help them be strong leaders in various aspects of community life. ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES

Teaching leadership

High school students sponsored by local Rotary Clubs play a team-building game Friday at Geneva Park to kick off a three-day leadership conference. Over the weekend, the students, who came from an area that stretches from Innisfil to Timmins, will learn skills to help them be strong leaders in various aspects of community life. ROBERTA BELL/THE PAC

The Wm. (Bill) Swinimer Business Leader of the Year Award presentation took place Wednesday night at Hawk Ridge. Nominees were Lorne and Mary Sinclair (Carousel Collectable), Karen Koprla (Mariposa Gymnastic Club) and Drs. Andrew Westlaken & Deb Collins (Synergy Health Care). The winner was Karen Koprla. The award was presented by Bill Swinimer. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Business Leader of the Year

The Wm. (Bill) Swinimer Business Leader of the Year Award presentation took place Wednesday night at Hawk Ridge. Nominees were Lorne and Mary Sinclair (Carousel Collectable), Karen Koprla (Mariposa Gymnastic Club) and Drs. Andrew Westlaken & Deb Collins (Synergy Health Care). The winner was Karen Koprla. The award was presented by Bill Swinimer. SU

Police cruiser nearly struck

The driver of a vehicle in the wrong lane which nearly struck a police cruiser was charged with impaired and dangerous driving Thursday night in Barrie.

Myrna Clark SUBMITTED

Clark wins nomination

Myrna Clark will be the New Democratic Party candidate for the riding of Barrie-Innisfil in the upcoming federal election.

Weapons, drug charges

ALCONA – Two teens were charged after police responded to a call about youths armed with a knife looking to buy drugs Thursday.

Mark Bourrie leaves the Ottawa courthouse after he began testifying at the Senate expenses trial of suspended senator Mike Duffy, April 17, 2015. (TONY SPEARS/Postmedia Network)

Friend thought money was Duffy's own

Journalist Mark Bourrie didn't want to be paid for helping Sen. Mike Duffy fight the Internet "trolls" who started posting "mean, anonymous crap" about him after he was appointed to the Senate in 2009.

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