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MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES Brant Mawdsley heads the Orillia branch of People First of Ontario, a group that provides support and advocacy for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.

Putting people first

Brant Mawdsley wants to help people with intellectual and physical disabilities becomes champions for their own rights -- as someone who knows well what it means to be marginalized.

Members of the South Simcoe Police Unit, along with other police agencies including Barrie and the OPP, will be be implementing Operation Dry Water this weekend, focusing on the potential risks of drinking and boating. Above A/Sgt Steve Black and PC Carl Jarvis patrol the waters off Lefroy on Lake Simcoe, Thursday. Mark Wanzel/Photo

'It's not worth drinking'

Drinking booze on a boat is akin to seeing a fish flop around on the dock; it's painful to watch and potentially as deadly.

PATRICK BALES/THE PACKET & TIMES A public information session will be held sometime before mid-January so the city can provide information on a proposed deal with Hydro One that includes selling the Orillia Power Distribution Corporation.

Council members wary of hydro deal

A special city council meeting Thursday morning came and went with few answers and more questions about the negotiations between the city and Hydro One on the potential sale of the distribution arm of the Orillia Power Corporation.

MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES Suzy Burtenshaw, left, chair of the Coldwater Steampunk Festival, is pictured with Sarah Pickard, the festival's social media liaison, at the Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum. The event will take place Aug. 6.

Steampunkers pumped for festival

A unique form of freedom of expression, art, nostalgia and intergenerational connection is what visitors can find at the annual Coldwater Steampunk Festival.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton waves on stage during the fourth and final night of the Democratic National Convention at Wells Fargo Center on July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas KammNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images

Clinton: Steady hand at 'moment of reckoning'

PHILADELPHIA -- Promising Americans a steady hand, Hillary Clinton cast herself Thursday night as a unifier for divided times, steeled for the challenges of a volatile world by decades in politics that have left some Americans skeptical that she understands their lives.

In this Thursday, April 21, 2016 file photo, Hyongtae Pae stands outside the federal courthouse in Honolulu, after pleading guilty to interfering with a flight crew. Pae, a Korean tourist who was arrested after he became violent when he wasn't allowed to do yoga on a plane leaving Hawaii won't get additional jail time. But he must pay United Airlines more than $44,000. A federal judge in Honolulu on Thursday, July 28, 2016, sentenced Pae to time served, which was about 13 days. He'll be under court supervision for three years, which is the amount of time he has to pay the restitution. (AP Photo/Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, File)

Man arrested for airplane yoga must pay $44,000

HONOLULU -- A Korean tourist who was arrested after he became violent when he wasn't allowed to do yoga on a plane leaving Hawaii won't get additional jail time. But he must pay United Airlines more than $44,000.

In this April 14, 2016 file photo, former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten confers with her attorney Rich Pfeiffer, not shown, during a break from her hearing before the California Board of Parole Hearings at the California Institution for Women in Chino, Calif. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

Lawyer wants court to parole Manson follower

LOS ANGELES -- A lawyer for a Charles Manson follower who was convicted in the 1969 murders of a California couple said Thursday he will ask a court to overturn Gov. Jerry Brown's decision to deny her parole.

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump (left) got props from Russian President Vladimir Putin Dec. 17,2015. (REUTERS/Mike Blake/AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

Trump has a record of siding with Putin on issues

MOSCOW -- Donald Trump has refused to condemn Russia's military takeover of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, saying if elected he would consider recognizing it as Russian territory, in the latest of a series of statements that have raised eyebrows about the Republican candidate's intentions toward the Kremlin.

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