Cheryl Browne, Barrie Examiner

Cheryl Browne


A visitor to the East Bayfield Community Centre admires a large mosiac mural which was officially unveiled Wednesday. Consisting of 576 individual pieces, the mural is a representation of the Barrie community and honours Canada's 150th birthday. Mark Wanzel/Barrie Examiner/Postmedia Network

Barrie unveils Canada 150 mosaic

What weighs 150 pounds, has 576 stationary parts, took more than 200 people to create, and will represent Barrie on the national stage?

Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) helped out at the Ride for Youth Haven with more than 50 bikers riding from Barrie to Home Depots in Orillia and Midland to raise money and awareness of the Barrie shelter for teens and youth. PHOTO: CHERYL BROWNE/BARRIE EXAMINER/POSTMEDIA

Bikers Face Your Fear ride

A ride across central Ontario was singed with fear for the black-leather clad bikers.

Mark Twardowski of the Simcoe County District School Board walks the sodden halls of Guthrie Public School in Oro-Medone Township where a fire badly damaged the roof early Saturday morning. PHOTO: CHERYL BROWNE/BARRIE EXAMINER/POSTMEDIA

Guthrie Public School fire

ORO-MEDONTE TWP. – Dozens of firefighters responded to as many calls from passersby, who witnessed flames shooting through the roof of the tiny Guthrie Public School Saturday morning.

Barrie dermatologist Dr. Rodion Kunynetz leaves a hearing at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario in Toronto in this file pic. JACK BOLAND/POSTMEDIA NETWORK FILE PHOTO

Kunynetz heads to court

Barrie’s disgraced dermatologist is spending his summer in court.

Canadian Red Cross logistics co-ordinator Kevin Burke of Barrie will be heading west in an effort to lend a hand with the wildfire situation in British Columbia. Currently over 15,000 people have been displaced. Mark Wanzel/Barrie Examiner/Postmedia Network

Barrie Red Cross heads to B.C.

As Kevin Burke prepares to leave for British Columbia Thursday, he’s remembering what the Fort McMurray fire in Alberta was like last summer.

After her younger brother died in a motorcycle collision last year, Jessica Whittaker has started an awareness campaign in an effort to make our roads safer. MARK WANZEL/PHOTO

Motorbike safety signs

Jessica Whittaker is trying to make roads safer for motorcyclists with one magnetic sticker at a time.

A minimum wage increase of 33% could have a huge impact on millions of low-paid Ontarians, but businesses are saying it will result in job losses across the province. Mark Wanzel/Barrie Examiner/Postmedia Network

Labour hearings begin

Depending on who you speak to, the proposed labour laws are either pulling workers out of the depths of poverty or squeezing profits out of small business owners.

Carley Brandon, right joins a team of volunteers from Telus as they take part in a fence building project at a local Habitat for Humanity build, Monday. The build is part of a program to build 150 new homes for Canada's 150th anniversary. Barrie is one of 50 communities taking part. Mark Wanzel/Barrie Examiner/Postmedia Network

Building fences with Habitat

Jon Flavelle was scarfing down a burger so he could finish banging nails into the wooden fence of a stranger’s home.

Barrie police seized more than $30,000 worth of crack cocaine in a drug bust Wednesday night. PHOTO: SUBMITTED BPS

Big downtown crack bust

Fears drugs and prostitutes were taking over their High Street neighbourhood led citizens to call police.

Barrie City Clerk Dawn McAlpine stands in the city council chambers. Mark Wanzel/Barrie Examiner/Postmedia Network

Ward 6 council seat crowded

So many people threw their hat into the ring, council chambers is going to look like an ice rink after a hat-trick next Monday night.

Barrie police have released a photo of Bryan Smith, a man they are looking for in connection to the death of Brett Wickett on Canada Day. PHOTO: SUBMITTED BPS

Smith turns himself in to police

Police have confirmed Bryan Smith turned himself in to a Barrie station to answer to charges for assault causing bodily harm on Brett Wickett who died on Canada Day.

Barrie police Sgt. Glen Crooks (second from left) and forensic-unit officers were at a townhouse complex on Anne St. South where a fight took place Friday night. Police are looking for clues to see if that altercation had any bearing on a 47-year-old man dying at RVH on Canada Day. PHOTO: CHERYL BROWNE/BARRIE EXAMINER/POSTMEDIA

Canada Day death investigated

A suspicious Canada Day death has sparked a police investigation at an Anne St. South townhouse complex.