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MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES Paul Allerston, of Orillia, is pictured with an photo autographed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau showing Allerston shaking hands with the PM's late father.

New honour for former Golden Helmet

Paul Allerston collected several accolades during his three decades with the OPP. Now he has a different kind of honour to hang on his personal wall of fame.

MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES Ian Bromley has been hired as the city's director of economic development.

New director at city hall

Ian Bromley has been around the world, but he's happy to be back in the area as the city's new director of economic development.

ANDREW PHILIPS/SPECIAL TO THE PACKET & TIMES City hall concerns over liability have become an issue for this Orillia Community Gardens project located between High and Gill streets.

Concern growing over liability

Growing fruits and vegetables might not seem like a dangerous pastime, but it seems to have created an insurance conundrum at city hall.

Georgian College engineering professor Ron Sky discusses the finer points of electric vehicle charging with second-year Mechanical Engineering Technology – Automotive Products Design student Ahmad-Hussein Hachem with one of the two new cars donated by Ford Canada to the college for research purposes. (Georgian College / Doug Crawford)

Charged up at Georgian over partnership

(SUBMITTED) - Representatives from Ford Motor Company of Canada and Barrie Ford gathered at the Barrie campus Wednesday to celebrate collaboration with the college and the two-year lease renewal of two electric vehicles (EVs).

MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES This summer's 26th annual Sun City Swim will raise money for the Child Advocacy Centre of Simcoe/Muskoka. Jennifer Jackson, left, executive director of the centre, and Sun City Swim founder Brenda Jenkins are pictured.

Swim going strong after 25 years

Brenda Jenkins could feel her hands getting cold in the water, but she kept going, focusing on the voices of people cheering her on, and her commitment to the cause.

SUBMITTED IMAGE This artist's rendering of what the exterior of the recreation facility at 255 West St. S. will look like was released Monday.

Y wants to run 255

Representatives from the YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka told Orillia councillors there's a place they can go as the city is short on its dough.

MEHREEN SHAHID/THE PACKET & TIMES Councillors Mason Ainsworth, left, Pat Hehn and Jeff Clark discuss Orillia's tourism industry during a meeting Tuesday at Rotary Place.

Looking for Orillia's allure

Orillia needs an integrated tourism information hub, according to suggestions emerging from a special council committee meeting Tuesday.