SUBMITTED PHOTO Orillia's Neil Quin, second from left, will return home Sunday night when his band, Zeus, performs at The Brownstone.

Zeus coming home

When Zeus' Neil Quin was growing up in Orillia, a band like his would have been hard-pressed to land a gig.

Simcoe County council has approved a $449-million budget for 2016, part of which includes another phase of the six-year long project to reconstruct County Rd. 90 between Barrie and Angus, part of the county's Transportation Master Plan. The project is expected to be completed in 2019. Mark Wanzel/Barrie Examiner/Postmedia Network

County OKs $449M budget: UPDATE

Simcoe County councillors have approved a $449-million budget for 2016. Residents will see an overall 2% increase on the county portion of their municipal property taxes in 2016, which means approximately $6 per $100,000 of property assessment.

FILE PHOTO Oro-Medonte Township resident Maya Burhanpurkar is pictured with astronaut Chris Hadfield, who helped her with a documentary released this week.

Teen releases doc on climate change

The Inuit are losing their livelihood, culture and economy owing to climate change, and it's not their fault, according to a documentary released earlier this week by an Oro-Medonte Township teen.

MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES Dawn Ireland-Noganosh stands in front of a display made by students to honour missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls.

Facing the issue

They're daughters, sisters, wives and friends who have become mere fleeting images. They are the missing and murdered aboriginal women of Canada.

OPP helping with toy drive

Orillia OPP and its auxiliary officers will be at Walmart Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist with a toy drive, Stuff a Cruiser for Kids.

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship John McCallum announces Canada's plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees, at a news conference in Ottawa, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Feds push back refugee deadline

The federal government on Tuesday pushed back to the end of February its deadline for accepting 25,000 Syrian refugees, in an apparent concession that its original end-2015 target was too difficult to meet.

In this image made from video taken on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, a member of Kurdish security forces shows a tunnel complex under the city of Sinjar, northern Iraq that were used by Islamic State fighters to move undetected and avoid coalition airstrikes before the town was retaken from the militants. (AP Photo via AP video)

Islamic State militants built network of tunnels

IRBIL, Iraq -- Under the Iraqi town of Sinjar, Islamic State group militants built a network of tunnels, complete with sleeping quarters, wired with electricity and fortified with sandbags. There, they had boxes of U.S.-made ammunition, medicines and copies of the Qur'an stashed on shelves.

The staff of Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF, (Doctors Without Borders) hold posters, during a demonstration in Geneva, Switzerland, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015. They gathered to protest against the US air strike on their charity-run hospital in Kunduz in Afghanistan one month ago. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

Combination of errors led to hospital bombing

WASHINGTON - A U.S. air strike that destroyed a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz last month resulted from "human errors, failures in procedure and technical malfunctions," the New York Times reported on Tuesday, citing military officials briefed on an internal investigation.

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Columbus, Ohio, on Nov. 23, 2015. (REUTERS/Jay LaPrete)

Trump lawyer warns about attack ads

Donald Trump's presidential campaign warned the Republican Party on Tuesday about donors pooling funds for attack ads, saying Republicans must treat him fairly if they want to keep him from launching an independent bid.

Police take up position near the scene of a shootout in Roubaix, northern France, Nov. 24, 2015. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Hostages in northern French town safe

A hostage situation in the northern French town of Roubaix was apparently not linked to the Paris attacks earlier this month and has ended with the hostages now safe, officials said on Tuesday.

David Summers, right, and wife Maria are shown in a family handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-David Summers

U.K. questioned if couple's 45-year marriage real

A Canadian woman whose lengthy battle to obtain a British visa included government skepticism over the affection level of her decades-long marriage is living with her husband once again, but this time on her home soil.

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