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This week in BarrieToday+: Thursday's free webinar will focus on 'new normal' of air travel

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Travel is top-of-mind for many but there are numerous questions surrounding the ‘new normal’ where travel is concerned. There's still time to sign up for a virtual sit down with Garth Lund, the Chief Commercial Officer of Flair Airlines, to discuss what travellers can now expect. 

What safety precautions are airlines taking? How has the pandemic changed the travel industry? Is travelling cheaper now? Answer these questions and more tomorrow 12 p.m. All webinar attendees will receive a discount code from Flair Airlines.

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This week, BarrieToday reporter Marg. Bruineman looks back the lengthy murder trial  and subsequent appeal that overturned the conviction  involving Bill Vanderheyden, who recently died after contracting COVID-19. Marg. speaks to Vanderheyden's ex-wife and also looks back on some of her own memories from covering the bizarre trial, which at the time became the longest criminal trial in Canadian history. 

Also, BarrieToday community editor Raymond Bowe writes about a brazen theft that happened just outside the city limits and how what may seem like petty crimes can quickly turn tragic. Such was the case in August 2007 when Midhurst resident Rob Plunkett, a 43-year-old detective constable with York Regional Police, was killed while trying to arrest a suspect involved in a string of air-bag thefts in Markham. Raymond was assigned to cover the sombre news conference that day down in York Region as a crime reporter. Plunkett, who was heavily involved in Special Olympics, left behind a wife and three children.

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

One call can change everything. In last week's Everything King, Wendy King looks for the funny in the frightening.

BarrieToday reporter Nikki Cole has always been a dog person, but hopes people don't make rush decisions over the holidays to bring a pet home if they aren't 100 per cent committed to him or her. Because this is the time of year when people make big decisions that will affect them for years to come, so make sure it's the right one. 

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