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These stories about local people previously featured in the news are made possible through the continued support of the Aerarium Group as part of our Community Leaders Program.


‘The towers’ are set to change Barrie's landscape <b>(7 Photos)</b>

‘The towers’ are set to change Barrie's landscape (7 Photos)

Council approved construction of twin towers in 2019; 'I’m excited and looking forward to it,' says owner of nearby restaurant
Shak attacks youth mental health issues through downtown community centre

Shak attacks youth mental health issues through downtown community centre

'COVID has put a damper on some of the programming we were hoping to offer, but we have pivoted and started providing programming in very small groups and virtually,' says Shak Edwards
Simmering Kettle owner trying to keep her spirits up, 'no matter what life throws at you'

Simmering Kettle owner trying to keep her spirits up, 'no matter what life throws at you'

'When it comes to takeout only, I’m down to 30 per cent of my sales,' says Shalu Persaud. 'How am I supposed to survive on that?'
Roberta Place worker who contracted COVID eager to return to work someday soon

Roberta Place worker who contracted COVID eager to return to work someday soon

'A lot of people are telling me, ‘Why don’t you look for another career?' I tell them I really love working with the residents,' says Neil Orpilla
Years after destructive downtown blaze, memories of Five Points fire remain <b>(10 photos)</b>

Years after destructive downtown blaze, memories of Five Points fire remain (10 photos)

'When fire is below you and you’re trying to search directly above the fire for trapped occupants, time is of the essence,' says fire chief
Impending Wilkins Beach closure means local neighbourhood will 'suffer' <b>(4 photos)</b>

Impending Wilkins Beach closure means local neighbourhood will 'suffer' (4 photos)

'They can take away the name, but I think the damage has been done. People who know about it are going to return to it,' says one resident