Analysis of election results and Campaign Fairness's poll results shows that around Lake Simcoe voters elected a high number of challengers, and that candidates who accepted corporate and union donations fared better in the election than those who said that they would not accept them. In the 96 contested elected offices in 13 municipalities included in Campaign Fairness's study, half were won by challengers and half by incumbents, a very high rate of turnover.
Across the Lake Simcoe Watershed, four incumbent mayors lost their seats in the Oct. 27 municipal elections. In Georgina, Margaret Quirk is the new mayor, beating long-time mayor Rob Grossi, whose most recent term was marked by environmental concerns.
Marlene MacPherson, founder of Marlene's Meal Makeovers and the Cook Once, Produce Twice food preparation technique for busy households and, most recently, star of Marlene's Mondays on Rogers TV, has died. Many of MacPherson's Cook Once, Produce Twice recipe trios were featured in Lake Simcoe Living Magazine.
Students who belong to Georgian College’s Maker Club think of themselves as problem solvers. They like to identify challenges and build solutions. Barrie entrepreneur Peter Moore told the club the same principles applied to him in his startup days as he announced his donation of $250,000 to a "changemaker" space at the college.