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BarrieToday nominated for two online news awards

BarrieToday nominated for its coverage of the deadly crash in the city's south end that killed six young people, as well as reporting on short-term rentals
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BarrieToday has been nominated for a pair of Canadian Online Publishing Awards for 2022. 

Reporters Shawn Gibson and Nikki Cole, as well as editor Raymond Bowe, are up for the Best Daily News/Sports Coverage award for coverage of the August crash that killed six local young people in the city's south end. 

On Sunday, Aug. 28, at approximately 2 a.m., while conducting a missing persons investigation, Barrie police officers checked a local construction zone and located a vehicle in a large hole in the middle of McKay Road, between County Road 27 and Veterans Drive.

The stories were published Aug. 28, Aug. 29, Aug. 30Aug. 31, and Sept. 1

Reporter Marg. Bruineman has also been nominated in the Best Blog Column/Videocast/Podcast category for her coverage of short-term vacation rentals and how they are ruining some neighbourhoods. Also nominated in this category, for their work with The Big Read, are fellow Village Media reporters Erika Engel from CollingwoodToday for her coverage of microfibres in the Great Lakes and James Hopkin from SooToday for his reporting on a little girl from a Thunder Bay residential school who vanished without a trace. 

InnisfilToday editor Natasha Philpott is up for Best Feel Good Story for an article about love letters from the Second World War found in an Innisfil home that made their way back to the family. 

Hopkin is also nominated for Best Multicultural Story for his reporting on residential schools, while Heidi Ulrichsen from is up for Best Continuing Coverage of a Story for her reporting on Laurentian University's insolvency proceedings. 

The winners will be announced in February.