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This week in BarrieToday+: Our newest giveaway is a 'DIY' dream!

Plus some great member deals and Bob Bruton talks about getting the COVID-19 vaccine
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Got a project you have been wanting to tackle? +Members can enter for a chance to win our latest giveaway, a $300 gift card to Home Hardware! Remember to enter DAILY - which means you will have even MORE chances to WIN! 

Happening this week for BarrieToday+ members:

Kick COVID to the curb and pick up dinner curbside on us! One lucky BarrieToday+ member will have the chance to win a $50 gift card from The Mexican House. Contest closes January 20th at 11:59.

All you need is love! Be sure to check out this month's contest +member writing contest, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Watch for our +member-only auction running January 22 to 24. +Members will be able to bid on a variety of restaurant and service gift cards with bids starting at half of the value.

This week, reporter Bob Bruton talks about getting the COVID-19 vaccine once available and some of the questions he has. "I’m not really one for getting vaccinated," he writes. "I don’t get the annual flu shot, figuring a good diet, adequate exercise and seven hours of sleep a night will keep me healthy. The only vaccine I ever got was for H1N1, and that was because my then-teenaged son wouldn’t have got his shot had I begged off. But this coronavirus is different than the annual flu or H1N1."

Local health reporter Erika Engel shares her story about being home-schooled as a child. She would receive VHS tapes in the mail, filmed in a Florida classroom, even though they lived in Ontario. The tapes came in boxes delivered by UPS, and she had a few months to watch them and return them. She strongly points out that home-schooled kids certainly didn't have the "easy road," as many had suggested.

Member-only offers from our +partners:

*members may be required to present their virtual ID card and/or a unique promo code at checkout

10% off God's Country Clothing apparel

10% off Brand Dead apparel

And if you missed it, here's what happened last week:

Congratulations Eleanor A., winner of a $50 gift card from Firehouse Subs!

Jessica Owen took a look at how language and race continue to evolve in news reporting. "A lot of journalists fight an internal struggle when it comes to language," says the veteran reporter. "This year, there have been many discussions in newsrooms across the country and the world when it comes to how to report on racism."

We also took a look back at some of the top stories from 2020 from across Ontario and abroad. Have you ever seen two bears hugging? 

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