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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.

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

'Evil' 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
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
'Demonizing' substance use won't stamp out toxic drug supply, says mother of overdose victim

'Demonizing' substance use won't stamp out toxic drug supply, says mother of overdose victim

'If substances weren’t considered illicit, I don’t think that we’d have the poisoned drug supply we have on the market right now,” says Donna May, who founded mumsDU (Moms United and Mandated to Saving the Lives of Drug Users)
'It’s a scary thing': People still fear calling 911 to report an overdose

'It’s a scary thing': People still fear calling 911 to report an overdose

With significant increases in overdose deaths since the start of the pandemic more than a year ago, protection from prosecution for people who use drugs is more necessary than ever, says Ryerson criminology professor
Former foster kid on road to changing child welfare system

Former foster kid on road to changing child welfare system

'We have a society where you require credentials and maybe that’s apprenticeship training, maybe it’s college, maybe it’s university. … It’s something you definitely need to have a fair chance at life, especially if you’re a former foster child,' says child advocate
'I only get reports by fax later on': Pandemic reveals shortfalls of health information system

'I only get reports by fax later on': Pandemic reveals shortfalls of health information system

'I hope that coming out of this pandemic that someone does a review of what went wrong,' says Dr. Sohail Gandhi, OMA past-president, of the system still using faxes to inform family doctors
Any approved vaccine better than none at all when it comes to COVID-19 variants, doctors say

Any approved vaccine better than none at all when it comes to COVID-19 variants, doctors say

'Even if the current virus continues to change, it will provide a level of protection more than without being vaccinated,' medical officer of health says
Foster care system being revamped in wake of boy's death in Barrie home

Foster care system being revamped in wake of boy's death in Barrie home

'It’s unconscionable for a minister that’s responsible… to say I’ll leave you in this situation for two or three years and maybe by then I’ll have some kind of a plan to do something about it,' says former Ontario child advocate
Parents continue search for answers 2 years after son's death in foster care

Parents continue search for answers 2 years after son's death in foster care

David Roman's mother, Elena Dvoskina, wishes there was another way to help parents, as she says children’s aid societies aren't adequately equipped to find solutions