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ANDREW PHILIPS/SPECIAL TO POSTMEDIA Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne meets Zoe Canning, 10, during an event in Penetanguishene, Saturday, marking the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain’s visit to the region.

Premier pays homage to Champlain

PENETANGUISHENE - Recognizing one of the province’s most important milestones helps give all Ontarians a better understanding of their collective past.

ROBERTA BELL/POSTMEDIA NETWORK FILE PHOTO Simcoe North MPP Garfield Dunlop, left, is pictured with PC Leader Patrick Brown.

Brown welcomes byelection talk

Ontario's premier is “doing the right thing” if she calls a byelection in Simcoe North before the legislature resumes, says official Opposition Leader Patrick Brown, who wants to run for the seat.

Bananas' second-floor patio was busy with patrons enjoying the late-day sun this week at Wasaga Beach. GISELE WINTON SARVIS/PHOTO

Beach booming again

Hot summer weather is driving flocks of beach-goers to the waterfront and people are noticing the improvements made to the commercial area since the Town of Wasaga Beach became the majority land owner at Beach Area 1 in May.

The South Simcoe police marine unit's Wardrop II will be on the water this long weekend, educating boaters and enforcing the laws on boating and drinking. SUBMITTED

Lake cops out in force this weekend

Alcohol is a factor in nearly 40% of boating incidents, and many Canadians don't understand that “stressors" such as sun, wind, waves and the rocking motion of the boat can greatly increase the effects of alcohol on the water.

Missing women

South Simcoe police, along with family members, are trying to locate two women who have been reported missing since Wednesday night.