Calls for police-enforced ring around City of Barrie as concerns mount over COVID-19 variant

As the Simcoe Muskoka health unit reports 40 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, plus three more seniors' deaths, the concern shifts to the COVID-19 variant and its threat to the region.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 14:54:00 -0500

'Brutally unforgiving,' COVID-19 outbreak at Barrie, Ont., long-term care home claims 49 lives, infects 214

For nearly three weeks, a long-term care home in Barrie, Ont., has been battered by a devastating and deadly COVID-19 outbreak that has now claimed 49 lives and infected 214 residents and staff.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 17:52:00 -0500

Man arrested after police find woman dead in Tottenham residence

Police are investigating a homicide after a woman's body was found in a Tottenham home on Tuesday.

Tue, 26 Jan 2021 19:26:00 -0500

'It's pretty hectic,' Frustration mounts over continued online learning

Parents across Simcoe Muskoka are in the midst of yet another week of online learning.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 19:09:08 -0500

Innisfil man wants answers after isolating for almost a year

A local Innisfil man is asking the province for more transparency with the vaccine rollout after being forced to isolate away from his family for almost a year.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 10:45:52 -0500

Drivers involved in hit and run urged to turn themselves in

South Simcoe Police are urging the drivers involved in a hit and run in Bradford to turn themselves in.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 13:13:24 -0500

Air Transat suspends all flights out of Toronto for remainder of winter season

One of Canada’s biggest airlines has announced it will suspend all flights out of Toronto for the rest of the winter season.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 13:42:00 -0500

More than 100 cases believed to be U.K. COVID-19 variant linked to Barrie, Ont. care home

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has identified 99 more cases of what it believes to be the highly contagious U.K. COVID-19 B.1.1.7. variant in the region; aside from the seven, it's already reported.

Tue, 26 Jan 2021 14:46:00 -0500

Great Lakes ice coverage hits record lows

Ice coverage on the Great Lakes has hit record lows throughout January.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 12:08:34 -0500

Canada Post employee dies after contracting COVID-19 amid major outbreak at Mississauga facility

A Canada Post employee infected with COVID-19 during an outbreak that has impacted 224 workers at a Mississauga, Ont., facility died over the weekend, the union representing workers said.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 11:42:00 -0500

Ont. doctor suggests cancelling March Break to prevent another COVID-19 spike

One of Ontario's top doctors says, in order to keep COVID-19 case counts moving down, this year's March Break should be cancelled.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 07:25:00 -0500

Death toll climbs to 131 as region sees a slow decline in cases

It was a somber start to this week's update from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, reporting four more COVID-19 related deaths over the past 24 hours.

Tue, 26 Jan 2021 17:48:00 -0500

Ontario records lowest number of new COVID-19 cases in more than two months with fewer than 1,700 infections

COVID-19 case numbers in Ontario have dropped to levels unseen in more than two months with fewer than 1,700 infections reported Wednesday.

Wed, 27 Jan 2021 10:16:00 -0500

Man furious with Air Canada after airline loses his cat during layover in Toronto

A Winnipeg man is furious with Air Canada after the airline lost his three-year-old cat during a layover in Toronto.

Tue, 26 Jan 2021 19:10:00 -0500

"We are quite worried,' variant cases continue to climb in York Region

There are now fifteen confirmed cases of the U.K. variant in York Region, and public health officials say the chances of community spread are high.

Tue, 26 Jan 2021 19:50:46 -0500

PM warns Canadians to expect more travel restrictions soon

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau warned Canadians to expect more travel restrictions soon and reiterated to avoid all non-essential travel, both abroad and in between provinces.

Tue, 26 Jan 2021 12:09:00 -0500

Ontario records fewer than 1,800 new COVID-19 cases for first time in weeks as testing drops

For the first time since December, Ontario is reporting fewer than 1,800 new cases of COVID-19 as the number of tests performed falls well below provincial lab capacity.

Tue, 26 Jan 2021 10:14:00 -0500

"He will be truly missed,' Innisfil's CAO leaving town for a new position in Windsor

Innisfil's Chief Administrative Officer, Jason Reynar, is leaving town, and he's taking his title with him.

Tue, 26 Jan 2021 12:34:00 -0500

Death toll rises at Roberta Place as region records 130 new cases of COVID-19

Mon, 25 Jan 2021 15:23:00 -0500

Barrie city council signs off on budget, 0.92% tax increase

Councillors have signed off Barrie's budget for the year ahead, a spending plan the city boasts includes the lowest tax increase in 20 years

Mon, 25 Jan 2021 23:21:05 -0500