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ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES Lynn Whelan is pictured on her Howlyn Pines Trail property, which backs onto the Black River.

Volunteers will clear logjam

A logjam on the Black River so large that Ramara Township Mayor Bill Duffy threatened legal action over its removal is going to be broken up and taken away by a crew of volunteers.

ROBERTA BELL/THE PACKET & TIMES Orillia Fire Department Station 2 on Commerce Road was closed overnight Oct. 5 from about 6:30 p.m. until 7 a.m. due to a staffing issue.

Staffing issue closed fire hall

Orillia’s second fire station was closed for one night earlier this month because there weren’t enough firefighters available to staff it, says the fire chief.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper addresses the House of Commons in Ottawa on October 23, 2014, as the government went back to work following a shooting October 22, in which a gunman killed a soldier and ran through Parliament shooting before being shot dead himself. (REUTERS/Chris Wattie)

'We will always stand together': PM

Prime Minister Stephen Harper said MPs are united in ensuring democracy continues, despite terror threats, and even hugged his two main political rivals after addressing the House of Commons Thursday morning.

Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers is pictured in the Senate chamber on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in this file photo from June 3, 2011. According to Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino, Vickers shot dead one of the suspects in the Oct. 22, 2014 shooting incident on Parliament Hill. (Reuters)

Meet the hero who shot down Hill gunman

He’s being called a hero for shooting a rampaging gunman dead on Parliament Hill — and it may mark the first time Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers has ever fired a gun in the line of duty.

(MATT USHERWOOD/QMI Agency)

Fantino with Harper when shots fired

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was with Julian Fantino in a caucus meeting when gunfire erupted at Parliament Hill, the Veterans Affairs Minister told the Toronto Sun Wednesday.

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