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Marg. Bruineman, Local Journalism Initiative

Marg. Bruineman is an award-winning journalist who spent a decade freelancing for a variety of national publications prior to joining BarrieToday. Her vast experience includes being founding editor of several regional magazines, copy editing and news writing, but her work inevitably takes her back to justice, reporting on broader issues such as privacy, digital data and the administration of justice, as well as covering important cases in the courtroom.

Recent Work by Marg.

Working from home may not appeal to all employers when pandemic ends

Working from home may not appeal to all employers when pandemic ends

'In a lot of cases no one really stopped to put anything in writing as to what the terms of employment were regarding working from home,' says lawyer
Massage therapist sentenced to six months in jail for sexual assault

Massage therapist sentenced to six months in jail for sexual assault

Nathaniel Porter-Gowan, 41, convicted following May 2019 incident in The Blue Mountains; He will also be placed on sex-offender registry
Man shown in violent takedown video reacts to Barrie officer being charged

Man shown in violent takedown video reacts to Barrie officer being charged

'I’m a little disappointed he’s on paid leave and still unsure if he’s going to be a police officer on the force after how he treated me and how he behaved as an officer,' says Skyler Kent
Bradford man who viciously attacked co-worker at factory declared not criminally responsible

Bradford man who viciously attacked co-worker at factory declared not criminally responsible

'I lost everything all because he wanted me to die,' woman says in victim impact statement
Court adjourned: 'I was all dressed up and there was no place to go,' says lawyer

Court adjourned: 'I was all dressed up and there was no place to go,' says lawyer

Many Ontario Superior Court cases put on hold, provincial court to follow suit April 26
Ontario Superior Court hearings on hold during lockdown

Ontario Superior Court hearings on hold during lockdown

Given the strength of the latest stay-at-home order, the court is to defer as many matters as possible, including virtual hearings
Controlling COVID limited by vaccine supply, says local medical officer of health

Controlling COVID limited by vaccine supply, says local medical officer of health

'It’s a challenge at this time. We’ve had Moderna being delayed and reduced in half and now the AstraZeneca postponement,' says Gardner
Overheated housing market difficult to cool off, officials say

Overheated housing market difficult to cool off, officials say

Watching the endless climb of the value of a Barrie-area home has many thinking about the prospects of cashing in, if they haven’t already.
'Pseudo-law' increasingly used to 'assert rights' to oppose pandemic rules, observers say

'Pseudo-law' increasingly used to 'assert rights' to oppose pandemic rules, observers say

'They are completely and utterly legally meaningless and have no effect whatsoever,' lawyer says of 'common law' defence used by Barrie restaurant
Police will be educating public, enforcing rules at downtown demonstration: chief

Police will be educating public, enforcing rules at downtown demonstration: chief

'We will be taking a higher level of enforcement than we did in the previous protests,' Greenwood tells police board at morning meeting