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TRACY MCLAUGHLIN/SPECIAL TO POSTMEDIA NETWORK Andrew Fallows is shown in this file photo.

Nine years for drunk driver

A drunk driver who moved the dying body of his friend to make it look like she was behind the wheel was sentenced Friday to nine years in prison -- Canada's stiffest penalty for drunk driving causing the death of a single person.

By the number of cups strewn about, it looks like Georgian College student Karla Contreras, who left a hot chocolate and Danish for a young man she saw sleeping on Bayfield Street North on Friday, wasn't the only person who tried to help the homeless man. PHOTO: CHERYL BROWNE/BARRIE EXAMINER/POSTMEDIA

Homeless in Barrie

As Karla Contreras bent down to place a hot chocolate and pastry beside the homeless man living on Bayfield Street, he threw off his blankets and walked away.

Friends Jayme-Lynn Mauchner, Carly Reiter and Shannon Nicol arrive at Boots and Hearts at Burl's Creek in this file photo. MARK WANZEL PHOTO

Initial line-up announced

We still may have to trudge through several feet of snow before the summer returns, but country music fans can start dreaming of August.

Simcoe County Paramedic Director and Chief Andrew Robert speaks to Hamilton paramedic Andrew Newlands (right) who attended the Pre-Hospital Pediatric Symposium on Thursday at the Simcoe County Museum. PHOTO: CHERYL BROWNE/BARRIE EXAMINER/POSTMEDIA

Pediatric paramedic care

Jon Lee drives around in an ambulance plastered in SpongeBob SquarePants stickers, blowing bubbles at this patients.

The city's entire annual winter control budget – plowing, sanding and salting streets and sidewalks – is approximately $6 million. J.T. MCVEIGH/BARRIE EXAMINER/QMI AGENCY

Keep your shovel handy

As winter approaches, that pile of snow left at the bottom of your driveway by city plows is all yours to clear.

A portrait of Hugh Clapperton, who spent much of his time during the War of 1812 tromping through the bush of Simcoe County, especially between Barrie and Wasaga Beach.

Frigid on the frontier

Hugh Clapperton spent his first night in what would become Barrie camped either on or not far from a street that would one day bear his name.

A sewage truck rolled into a ditch, sending its driver to hospital, just west of Beeton Friday morning. Submitted photo

Sewage truck rolls

NEW TECUMSETH – A sewage truck rolled into a ditch, sending its driver to hospital, just west of Beeton Friday morning.

Barrie city police investigated 242 sexual assaults in 2015-2016 and 67, or 27%, were originally deemed unfounded – following a 25% unfounded rate during 2010-2014.Examiner photo

'Unfounded' review

The Barrie city police review of its unfounded sexual assaults led to eight cases being re-opened for investigation, but no charges being laid.

David Blacquiere, 54, of Angus, was fatally stabbed Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 on Weston Rd.

Angus man stabbing victim

TORONTO -- A father of four from Angus stabbed to death Tuesday morning in Toronto's northwest end may have been in the wrong place at the wrong time, police say.

Lowe’s Canada hosted its Hardlines Outstanding Retailer Awards this week in Niagara Falls and the Barrie location won Best Large Surface Retailer. Barrie store general manager Piero Palmerio, centre, is pictured with Duane Oldham of Lowe’s Canada, Jordan Harrington of Storesupport Canada (sponsor of the award), Malcolm Parks of Lowe’s Canada, and Sara Clarkson of Storesupport Canada. The Barrie store opened nine years ago. With a team of 155 employees, customer focus has translated into an increase in customer count exceeding 8% in 2017 (year-to-date), and sales growth trending consistently above 10% for the last four years. If marketing brings customers in, the in-store experience (service, in stock, cleanliness, knowledge, etc.) turns them into loyal customers, store officials say. The Lowe’s Barrie store is also active in the community, including collaborations with the Women’s Shelter in Barrie and Habitat for Humanity in Huronia, food drives for the Barrie Food Bank and various toy drives. SUBMITTED

Barrie Lowe's wins award

Lowe’s Canada hosted its Hardlines Outstanding Retailer Awards this week in Niagara Falls and the Barrie location won Best Large Surface Retailer.

Ontario politicians will vote today on back-to-work legislation that could end the provincial colleges strike and get students back in the classrooms Monday Mark Wanzel/Barrie Examiner/Postmedia Network

Update: Back-to-work law?

Ontario colleges say once back-to-work legislation to end a faculty strike is passed, classes could resume two days later.