Alex Nuttall

Hassle-free trips: NUTTALL

With the summer travel season upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to share some valuable information with residents of Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte which may be of assistance in your future travel planning.

Time for Aqua Theatre to take centre stage

This week, we learned the city has decided to restore the totem pole that has stood sentry for many years at Couchiching Beach Park. The funky totem pole is a unique part of the city's heritage and folklore.

End solitary confinement

Imagine being locked in a small cell only a few feet in length and width. Your belongings have been taken, and all you have left is a thin blanket that rests atop the cold concrete bed frame on which you sleep.

Letter: Community support appreciated

The auxiliary at the Sacred Heart Church in Warminster extends thanks to the community for supporting the annual Garden Party and Ham Supper held on July 12. It was a huge success in spite of the rain.

Words of wisdom

As we humans approach our dotage, it becomes more and more important for us to leave some sort of advice to those we leave behind after we have moved on to someplace very nice or very hot. You probably have a fairly good idea where you are going. Myself, I have always been fond of harp music. I better switch to the piano accordion. You may have to

LETTER: Thank you

Our Amazing Race event at Bonita Glen Girl Guide Camp is over and we are left with many memories of friends old and new, campfires, swimming, and canoeing. Events such as this are successful due to a dedicated volunteer staff along with donations and help from our community. We appreciate and thank the following: The Madison County Food and Beverag

Sports tourism a bit of an afterthought

This week, during budget deliberations, when talk inevitably turned to "sports tourism," Coun. Tim Lauer suggested the creation of a sports tourism committee. It was an idea that resonated with his colleagues as, following some discussion, it was decided two councillors and Mayor Steve Clarke would meet to determine how best to proceed.

LETTER: The right to misunderstand

An irreligious person is irreligious because he believes he is mortal, not because he does not believe in God since we all have some idea which is our god. However, a religious person is not necessarily religious because he believes he is immortal since he may agnostically refuse to judge, whether he is mortal or immortal. Instead, a religious pers

LETTER: Reinstate grants

As thrilled as many of us are to see the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) rule in favour of Burl's Creek, there is still a feeling of regret that it took as long as it did to issue the decision. We were very confident that the OMB would follow the wishes of most of the community and issue their approval. Had it been issued even a few days earlier, it

Cost increase no surprise

At this week's budget session at city hall, councillors learned - not surprisingly - the costs to operate the new recreation centre are higher than expected. City staff initially estimated it would cost about $750,000 to operate the aquatic centre when it opens in 2018. This week, staff reported the operating cost, after expected revenues are talli

Mayor Steve Clarke

Progress in action

If you haven't been by the recreation facility project site on West Street South in the past few weeks, I encourage you to take a moment to walk, drive or cycle by. Behind the large mounds of soil at the front of the site, construction crews have been hard at work. The phoenix is rising and, finally, it can be seen from West Street.


On to greener pastures – finally

In the end, the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) got it right. But the lengthy, costly process that finally concluded Friday with a decision that allows Burl’s Creek to host large-scale concerts at its Oro-Medonte venue is a stark example of why the provincial entity is being overhauled.

Are you a true Canadian?

Canada has been a country now for 150 years, although not that many of us were here for the official kick-off in 1867, just a few old vets at the legion. You and I are proud citizens of a great country respected around the world even though The Donald doesn't like us. Actually, that's considered a plus. We know a Canadian pin displayed somewhere on

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