Rama First Nation Chief Sharon Stinson Henry

Chief hoping for 8th term

If handed an eighth term as chief of Chippewas of Rama First Nation, Sharon Stinson Henry said she will continue to pursue ways to boost the community’s economy.

Lake St. John in Ramara Township overflowed in the spring. The township has been approved for government disaster-relief funding, but there are concerns about how much money the community can raise. (GISELE WINTON SARVIS/PACKET & TIMES FILE PHOTO)

Flood funds on the way

Ramara Township is one of four municipalities in the province to be approved for the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP) after spring flooding affected home owners in the Lake St. John area.

The first flowers, and a teddy bear, have been left at the Portuguese Cultural Centre in Bradford, where a 15-year-old girl was killed Wednesday. (MIRIAM KING/QMI AGENCY)

Memorial in bloom for Newmarket girl

BRADFORD WEST GWILLIMBURY — The gates at the Portuguese Cultural Centre of Bradford remain open, despite the tragic accident that took the life of a 15-year-old Newmarket girl Wednesday.

Orillia artists Patricia Beecham and Peter Fyfe show off their works of art that are in two exhibits at Zephyr Art Gallery. Beecham's is part of a Zephyr members' exhibit called Endless Summer XIV, while Fyfe's is part of Sunshine Sketches By Our Little Town. (SARA CARSON/THE PACKET & TIMES)

Sketching our little town

Inspired by the Port of Orillia, Peter Fyfe created a bold acrylic painting for Zephyr Art Gallery’s third annual Sunshine Sketches By Our Little Town community show.


FunFest in high gear

Amber Koprla and Kevin Stinson drive the bumper cars Friday during the 69th annual Rotary-Lions FunFest.

Rama First Nation Chief Sharon Stinson Henry

Too much information?

The Government of Canada has put First Nations at a “competitive disadvantage economically” by requiring them to release their consolidated financial statements, says Chippewas of Rama First Nation Chief Sharon Stinson Henry.

Stepan Company is moving portions of the sulphonation production at its Ramara Township plant in Longford Mills to the United States. Twenty North American employees will lose their jobs as a result of the move. ()SARA CARSON/The PACKET & TIMES)

Stepan cuts to cost 20 jobs

Production cuts at Stepan Company’s sulphonation production plant in Ramara Township will result in the loss of 20 jobs, according to an annual report by the company.

Traffic stop yields drugs

Local police and the provincial Ministry of Finance teamed up to arrest a man regarding the sale of contraband cigarettes, but say they found much more on the suspect.


Pokin’ around the park

Kids for Turtles Environmental Education volunteer Griffen Horsley, left, holds a Midland painted turtle named Van Gogh while Ronan, 4, and Erin Goto, of Etobicoke, marvel at it.

Wreckage of vehicles are seen amongst debris after an explosion in Kaohsiung, southern Taiwan, August 1, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Taiwan gas blast kills 25, injures 267

A series of explosions caused by a gas leak killed 25 people and injured 267 in Taiwan's second city on Friday, sending flames shooting 15 storeys into the air, setting ablaze entire blocks and reducing small shops to rubble.

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