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Mark Urbanski

Ramara CAO terminated

With three months left on his one-year probation, Ramara’s chief administrative officer, Mark Urbanski, has been let go.

Georgian College students, from left, Jamie Swick, Diane Baverstock and Courtney Friedrich celebrate their last day of class for the spring semester Thursday at the Orillia Campus pub. GISELE WINTON SARVIS/Packet & Times

Georgian grads get jobs

Georgian College Orillia campus students are generally confident that their education - stressing both intellectual learning and hands-on experience - will lead to employment soon after graduation.

The Orillia Fire Department responded to a fire on the roof of Studabakers at 211 Mississaga St. E. Thursday afternoon when working roofers accidentally started a fire that spread to a wall of the lighthouse tower. The restaurant was evacuated and no one was injured. GISELE WINTON SARVIS/PACKET & TIMES

Restaurant back to business after 'small fire'

Studabakers Beach Side Bar and Grill reopened Thursday evening after Orillia firefighters knocked down a “small fire” on the roof and in the lighthouse tower earlier the same day, says Jenn Harvey, the restaurant’s general manager.

Geoffrey Campbell, right, owner and developer of the former Paterson Pontiac property on Matchedash Street, and Dan Landry, economic development manager for the City of Orillia, stand on the property where Campbell plans to build new commercial and residential units. GISELE WINTON SARVIS/THE PACKET & TIMES

New urbanism in Orillia

“New urbanism” is the style of building a young developer wants to bring to the prime downtown Orillia property he has purchased.

Christopher Dubreuil, of Cobourg, pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing the death of Ashley Fogal. Tracy McLaughlin/Special to QMI Agency

'There was nowhere to go'

A Cobourg man who got out of drug rehab and went straight to the liquor store to buy a bottle of whiskey before killing a woman with his SUV doesn’t believe he needs any counselling, a Barrie court heard Thursday.

The Orillia Fire Department responded to a fire on the roof of Studabakers at 211 Mississaga St. E. Thursday afternoon when working roofers accidentally started a fire that spread to a wall of the lighthouse tower. The restaurant was evacuated and no one was injured. GISELE WINTON SARVIS/PACKET & TIMES

Roof fire at Studabakers

Customers at Studabakers Beach Side Bar and Grill had to leave the establishment Thursday afternoon when roofers working on the roof started a fire that extended to the lighthouse tower.

No reason to ban two firearms, NFA rep says

The move earlier this year by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to reclassify two firearms from unrestricted to prohibited instantly makes about 2,000 people in Canada criminals, says the local representative of the National Firearms Association (NFA).

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Former cop gets life in prison

A Gravenhurst man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison after a jury found him guilty of murder for beating his girlfriend to death, then setting fire to her home.

Kyle Hann shovels sand into a hopper to fill a bag held by Julia Bonsa, while Isaac Harrison returns to the group. Grade 7 and 8 students from Rama Central Public School walked to the nearby Township of Ramara Yard No. 3 on County Road 169 to fill about 200 sandbags to assist local residents impacted by flooding. GISELE WINTON SARVIS/THE PACKET & TIMES

'On high alert'

Grade 7 and 8 pupils of Ramara Central Public School filled about 200 bags of sand Wednesday to help local residents who are experiencing flooding.

Bridge plan stalled

An iron swing bridge in the Atherley Narrows is slowing development of a pedestrian and snowmobile connection between the City of Orillia and the Township of Ramara.

Orillia Power provides $1.6M dividend to city

Despite having one generating station shut down for a nine-month overhaul, the Orillia Power Corporation (OPC) managed to surpass its 2012 generation results, says Keith McAllister, president and CEO of OPC.

Kinder-surprises

When Ontario gambled on full-day kindergarten in 2010, critics called it costly babysitting the deficit-plagued province couldn’t afford.

The Metis flag SUN MEDIA PHOTO BY DAVID BLOOM

Appeals court grants Metis Indian status

The Federal Court of Appeal upheld a landmark ruling Thursday that gave Canada's Metis population Indian status within the Constitution, allowing negotiations to begin for all the rights and services that go with it.