Gerry Metzger, head of the Victoria Point Ratepayers Association, kneels beside a Save Orillia Wetlands sign in the front lawn of his Victoria Crescent. The association is opposing the development of a 140-unit retirement residence near the wetland. (SARA CARSON/THE PACKET & TIMES)

An appeal to Orillia

Most residents along Orillia’s Victoria Crescent have “Save Orillia Wetlands” signs on their front lawns.

The 2014 Barrie Dragon Boat Festival kicked off Friday evening with a parade of the 54 teams taking part in today's event at Heritage Park. Above, members of the St. John Ambulance team lead the parade through the park. The event is a major fundraiser for the Barrie Public Library and a number of local charities. MARK WANZEL PHOTO

Paddles up

The 2014 Barrie Dragon Boat Festival kicked off Friday evening with a parade of the 54 teams taking part in today's event at Heritage Park.

Housing construction in Barrie. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO

Building fees in hot seat

Barrie councillors will get an earful Monday about the proposed new city-wide development charges bylaw - which could be approved later that evening.

The Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario is calling on Health Canada to make public more information about radio frequencies generated by the use of wireless technology. (QMI AGENCY FILE PHOTO)

ETFO wants more info on wi-fi

While Health Canada has determined radio frequency energy used in schools with wireless devices falls within safe exposure limits, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) wants the governing body to make more information available.

Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman. EXAMINER FILES

Lehman on AMO board

Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman has been appointed to the board of directors for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).

Maj. Doug Lewis of the Salvation Army's Bayside Mission is hoping Barrie residents will remember to fill the bins at local Wal-Marts with knapsacks and school supplies for students returning to school. CHERYL BROWNE/BARRIE EXAMINER

'Our goal is 100 backpacks'

Maj. Doug Lewis pulled a handful of school supplies out of a black and white striped knapsack that had been donated to the Salvation Army in Barrie.

Impaired on an eBike

A man on an eBike so drunk he fell off it as he was riding along Barrie's waterfront was arrested for impaired driving Thursday evening.

All over the road

INNISFIL – A local woman being followed by police was followed into a home and arrested for impaired driving here Thursday afternoon.

National Guard troops arrive at a mall complex that serves as staging for the police in Ferguson, Missouri on August 18, 2014. (REUTERS/Mark Kauzlarich)

Protests muted as National Guard withdraws

Missouri's governor ordered the withdrawal of National Guard troops from the riot-weary town of Ferguson on Thursday as tensions eased after nearly two weeks of racially charged protests over the fatal shooting of a black teenager.

National Guard troops stand guard at a staging area inside a shopping center parking lot in Ferguson, Missouri August 21, 2014. (REUTERS/Adrees Latif)

March, memorial planned in Ferguson

Another march and a memorial service are planned for Friday in the violence-weary town of Ferguson, Missouri, where the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen by a police officer has prompted two weeks of protests.

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