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SUNDAY SEVEN: BarrieToday's top stories of the past week

Coyote attack in Sunnidale Park, Barrie paying two police chiefs, new pharmacist walk-in clinic and ONroute billboard among top headlines
Kaitlyn Taylor walks her dog Opie at Sunnidale Park on Sunday afternoon, minutes after an attempted attack and stalking by two coyotes in the same area.

Editor's note: The following were some of BarrieToday's most widely read stories from the past week.

Dog walker fends off sneak attack by coyote in Sunnidale Park

'I was keeping my eye toward the wooded area. Luckily that lady was walking behind us and spotted it or (Opie) would have been coyote chow,' says Barrie resident. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL STORY

Big concern? Hwy. 400 ONroute billboard on the blink with council

Company official says Barrie is the only municipality that has applied its sign-bylaw regulations to proposed digital billboards. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL STORY

'Bad optics': Barrie paid two police chiefs $564K combined in 2023

'There is a portion of our community that’s ‘defund the police’ and it’s a very, very small portion,' says deputy mayor. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL STORY

'New future': Pharmacist walk-in clinic set to open in Barrie

'I am optimistic to see (this model) grow in other places … and I am very excited it started in Barrie,' says clinical pharmacist at Duckworth Street location. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL STORY

Crash closes Hwy. 400 through sections of Barrie, Innisfil (update)

Emergency crews received the call around 7:30 a.m.; photos from the scene also show an Ornge air ambulance had been dispatched. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL STORY

One person injured in north-end Barrie blaze, home destroyed

Geddes Crescent fire brought under control with all occupants escaping; investigators heading to scene. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL STORY

SPECIAL REPORT: Local paramedics grapple with hazards of helping

'They shouldn’t go home broken at the end of the day,' says County of Simcoe Paramedic Services official, saying it's their responsibility 'to keep them whole'. CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL STORY