Cheryl Browne, Barrie Examiner

Cheryl Browne


Keenan Aylwin, manager of Grilled Cheese Social Eatery on Dunlop Street East in downtown Barrie, said he thinks overall it’s a positive move to raise the minimum-wage, but wishes the provincial government would take a harder look at all the costs associated with running a small retail shop or restaurant. MARK WANZEL/PHOTO

Wage hike critiqued

Crystal ball viewers say the glass is half-full when forecasting minimum-wage increases across the province.

Barrie Examiner assistant regional editor Jessica Owen, left, and Examiner reporter Cheryl Browne show off their winning entries Monday morning during the Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Week, held at the the Mapleview Drive East franchise. Local media took part in the 14th annual fun event to raise awareness and cash for Hospice Simcoe and Big Brothers Big Sisters Barrie and District. Smile Cookie Week runs until Sunday. IAN MCINROY/BARRIE EXAMINER/POSTMEDI

Tim Hortons Smile Cookie competition brings out the grins

Barrie Examiner assistant regional editor Jessica Owen, left, and Examiner reporter Cheryl Browne show off their winning entries Monday morning during the Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Week, held at the the Mapleview Drive East franchise.

Madison Cook took part in the Barrie's 10th Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk around the lakeshore Sunday morning. Barrie's walk has raised more than$500,000 for ovarian cancer research and early detection tests. PHOTO: CHERYL BROWNE/BARRIE EXAMINER /POSTMEDIA

Walks in the parks

A couple of Sunday morning walks in the parks around Kempenfelt Bay were aided by sunshine, smiles and sore feet.

The Hernandez family watches news reports Thursday as Hurricane Irma is expected to arrive in Florida late Saturday Night. The local family is particularly concerned because of the extended family they have living in Miami. Mark Wanzel/Barrie Examiner/Postmedia Network

Battening down the hatches for hurricane Irma

As hurricane Irma spreads destruction as she winds her way across the Caribbean, Barrie’s Olga Hernandez nervously watches news of the Miami storm preparations.

Retired Master Cpl. Denis Antille served with the Canadian armed forces for 22 years and is now one of 12 artists displaying their work in the Steel Spirit military art gallery exhibit at Barrie City Hall during September and October. PHOTO: CHERYL BROWNE/BARRIE EXAMINER/POSTEMEDIA

the Steel Spirit art show

Prince Harry’s Invictus Games lit a spark of courage in Barbara Brown.

Jim Ronald was the big Catch the Ace winner which eluded lottery players for more than eight months. The payout of $30,000 will be split between four friends who play cribbage together at the Barrie legion. Mark Wanzel/Barrie Examiner/Postmedia Network

Catch the Ace winners

Over a beer and a raucous game of cribbage, four men agreed to share the pot if one of their eight tickets was chosen in the Barrie legion’s Catch the Ace lottery.

Fire prevention officer Carrie Clark-Weatherup, centre, takes questions from reporters during a news conference Thursday at Barrie fire department headquarters in relation to recent fires occurring at Global Electric Electronic Processing (GEEP) on John Street. The situation at GEEP has caught the attention of the province’s Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, whose members are now investigating. MARK WANZEL/PHOTO

GEEP fire rings alarms

Six fires at GEEP within the last two years has alarm bells ringing at the Barrie fire hall.

Residence manager Terry MacFarlane takes first year Georgian College students Jenna Kleinsteuber, left, and Shaelyn Duncan on a tour of their new accommodations at the Georgian Green Student Residence, Wednesday. Mark Wanzel/Barrie Examiner/Postmedia Network

College housing agreements

Before school has even started, Kerrie Wolf is facing a steep learning curve when it comes to student housing for her daughter to attend college.

Jason McCoy, seen here at the 2014 Plowing Match and Rural Expo held at the Essa Agriplex, and his group the Road Hammers, have been nominated for a Canadian Country Music Association award. Mark Wanzel / Barrie Examiner

McCoy goes to CCMAs

When Jason McCoy began his country music career, Country Music Television or CMT didn’t exist.

Barrie police officers remained on scene Tuesday following a double shooting that occurred Monday evening at 30 Hickling Trail. Two men were sent to hospital with minor injuries. Above, two Barrie police officers search a grassy boulevard in a taped-off area, Tuesday. MARK WANZEL/PHOTO

Two Barrie men shot on Hickling Trail

Two Barrie men received gunshot wounds in what Barrie police are calling a targeted shooting at a Hickling Trail home Monday evening.

Lilyana Garcia, 6, shields her brother Tyler's eyes as he peers through a homemade pinhole camera to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse at the Barrie Public Library Monday afternoon. PHOTO: CHERYL BROWNE/BARRIE EXAMINER/POSTMEDIA

Solar eclipse in Barrie

An eerie, other-worldly light briefly filled the courtyard at the Barrie Public Library on Monday.