Barrie MPP Rod Jackson held a press conference Wednesday denouncing the provincial government's promise of debt retirement charges removal from residential gas bills at the end of 2015. CHERYL BROWNE/ BARRIE EXAMINER

MPP raises alarm over 'gouging'

The sigh of relief over the proposed removal of debt charges from your gas bill never came. Or at least it won't come for another year-and-a-half, and

Roadwork is a big part of Barrie's future growth. MARK WANZEL FILE PHOTO

Breaking down growth costs

The plan to finance Barrie's growth has a familiar ring – not enough money for road work, too much cash on the city credit card.

Denise Grimley, who has lived on the south shore of Lake St. John for 25 years, says the water that has come from the lake has spread out about 60 feet. GISELE WINTON SARVIS/THE PACKET & TIMES

Water spills its banks

Schools of fish, frogs and waterfowl are crossing Sheba Drive while some residents have to travel through thigh-deep water in hip waders to get to ...