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Welcome to BDAR's Municipal Elections Bulletin! 

This special webpage includes candidate and voting information for all major municipalities in Simcoe County as well as related articles and additional resources from our partner organizations. 

Return to this page frequently as more items will be added regularly leading up to election day on October 24, 2022! 

Housing affordability continues to be a major topic during the Municipal Election and The Barrie & District Association of Realtors® (BDAR) is dedicated to keeping our communities & 1,500 members informed and connecting with local candidates across the Greater Simcoe County Region to discuss their dedication to the Ontario housing affordability crisis.  

Barrie

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Certified List of Candidates

Office of the Mayor

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Andrew Gordon

32 Hopkins Road, Barrie L4M 5X6
249-880-4714
andrew@andrewgordon.ca

www.andrewgordon.ca
Twitter: @AndrewForBarrie

Andrew Gordon is a small business owner in Barrie. By the age of 34, Gordan is a self-made millionaire by working blue-collar jobs, value investing, and conservative spending. and by the age of 34 has become a self-made millionaire.

 

Over the past two decades, as a homeowner, Gordan has been providing a safe living environment for local international students at Georgian College.  

Gordon’s priorities are making Barrie more affordable. His campaign promises to focus on infrastructure, housing for seniors, lower property taxes, and affordable, accessible, and sustainable housing. He also promises to tackle unemployment, mental health and homelessness by increasing resources for programs and rehabilitative care in Barrie.

Gordon is a Georgian College Alumni with a background in finance, entrepreneurship, and hospitality.

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Weldon Hachey

​202 Ardagh Road, Barrie L4N 3V6
905-715-9799

sales@indoorhvacexperts.com

Weldon Hackey operates an HVAC company in Barrie and has become known for wearing colourful undergarments throughout anti-lockdown and anti-vaccine rallies across Ontario.

 

On August 6th, a bench warrant was issued for Hackey in connection to a sidewalk protest outside of an Orillia hospital.

 

Despite his arrest, Hackey is still eligible to continue to run for mayor as neither an arrest nor a bench warrant disqualifies a candidate from running for public office in Barrie.

 

Hackey's campaign is focused on unemployment,  low-income households, misuse of tax dollars, and the World Economic Forum's infiltration into the government.

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Rob Haverson was born and raised in Barrie. Owner of a car detailing company, Haverson's campaign focuses on increasing funding for emergency services such as the police, firefighters, paramedics services, and Barrie's courthouse. He is also committed to keeping property taxes stable.

Rob Haverson

32 Hopkins Road, Barrie L4M 5X6
249-880-4714
andrew@andrewgordon.ca

www.andrewgordon.ca
Twitter: @AndrewForBarrie

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Gerry Marshall

2 Coles Street, Barrie L4N 5W5
H: 705-728-9340 B: 705-816-1829
gerry@gerrymarshall.ca

www.gerrymarshall.ca
Twitter: @GerryWMarshall 
Facebook: Gerry Marshall

Gerry Marshall was previously Mayor of the Town Penetanguishene and Simcoe County Warden, where he successfully controlled taxes, drove economic growth and invested in infrastructure.

 

Marshall has also chaired the Western Ontario Caucus and Southwestern Ontario Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) and sat on the board of Directors for the Association of Ontario Municipalities. 

 

Marshall received the 2016 Ontario Community Influencer of the year award for securing the Amazon HQ2, an economic development effort in the local area.

 

Marshall’s campaign focuses on climate change, homeownership, economic development, housing, taxes, unemployment, seniors, health care, and homelessness.

Before his work in politics, Marshall had a successful career in telecommunications.

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Mike McCann

Current Ward 10 Councillor

647-688-9908
www.mikemccannmayor.ca

Mike McCann, born and raised in Barrie, began his political career as Councillor for Ward 10 in the Town of Barrie in 2014. As Councillor, he served on the Finance and Corporate Services Committee, Environmental Advisory Committee, Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce, MacLaren Art Centre, Physician Recruitment Task Force, and the Public Art Committee.   

 

Councillor McCann spearheaded a campaign to eliminate single-use water bottles throughout the City of Barrie by 2022. He also saved the city over $20 million by being fiscally responsible.

 

McCann’s campaign focuses on the economy, environment, and health. He is dedicated to improving housing affordability by introducing property tax incentives for first-time homebuyers. He also wants to enhance environmental programs that protect Lake Simcoe and the waterfront.

 

McCann studied Business Administration at Georgian College and earned an extra credit from Ryerson University.

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Alex Nutall

56 Gunn Street, Barrie L4M 2H5
705-627-1508
alex@alexnuttall.ca

www.alexnuttall.ca
Facebook: Alex Nuttall

In 2015, Alex Nuttall was elected as a Member of Parliament to Barrie–Springwater–Oro-Medonte in the House of Commons as their Member of Parliament. As MP, Nuttal served as Shadow Minister for Economic Development for Southern Ontario, Shadow Minister for the new Sharing Economy, and Deputy Shadow Minister for Innovation, Science, and Economic Development. He also served as Shadow Minister for Internal Trade, a critical governmental economic portfolio.

 

Nuttal worked for the Bank and Union Space in the financial services industry for six years. He also served as Vice-president of NFTC, a telecommunications company specializing in fibre delivery of telecom services.

 

Nuttall's campaign focuses on fixing the roads, freezing taxes, unemployment, affordable housing, and safer communities.

 

Nuttal wants to guarantee a 90 day approval time for housing projects, increase housing density downtown, work to solve the homelessness pandemic, and increase housing unties for everyone, including seniors.

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Barry Ward

Current Deputy Mayor

​114 Oren Boulevard, Barrie L4N 4M2
705-737-0318
bajoward@aim.com

www.barryward.ca
Twitter: @BarryforBarrie

Barry Ward served as City Councillor for 22 years. First elected in 2000, he served four years as Deputy Mayor and then as acting Mayor. Ward has chaired most of the city's committees, including the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. Currently, he serves as a city representative on Simcoe County's committee of the whole and the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport Commission.

Ward's top priority is to protect, preserve, enhance, and provide good leadership. His campaign focuses on protecting Barrie's waterfront, parks, and neighbourhoods and diversifying its economy. He wants to improve infrastructure, especially city roads, but preserve the residents' ways of life. Lastly, Ward has committed to freezing taxes to tackle inflation and spur economic growth.

Ward has stated that addressing the housing crisis is at the top of his agenda.

Ward 1 Councillor

Constance Elliott

Andre Jmourko

Clare Riepma
(incumbent)

Ward 2 Councillor

​Tif Arshi

Shanicka Edwards

Craig Nixon

​Bob Ossowski

Greg Peach

​Tracy Strohm

Ward 3 Councillor

 

Ann-Marie Kungl
(incumbent)

​Ryan Rijo

Zohaib Tahir​

Ward 4 Councillor

Tim Abel

Amy Courser

​Michael Lewis

​Donald McLaurin

Dieter Mueller

​Robert Newman

Ajmal Noushahi

​Md Hafizur Rahman

Ward 5 Councillor

Robert Thomson
(acclaimed)

Ward 6 Councillor

​Allan Bray

Sharon Doran

Darryl Duff

​Kevin LePage

Nigussie Nigussie 

Ward 7 Councillor

Gary Harvey 

(acclaimed)

Ward 8 Councillor

 

​Jim Harris
(incumbent)

John Webb

Ward 9 Councillor

Norm Costello

Sergio Morales
(incumbent)

​William Rome

Adam Wilcox

Ward 10 Councillor

​​Joy Douglas

Bryn Hamilton

Ken Lloyd

 Steven Mirtsos

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Collingwood

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Certified List of Candidates

Office of the Mayor

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Yvonne Hamlin

Current Councillor

705-994-5272
connect@yvonnehamlin.com
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Yvonne Hamilin is currently a Councillor for the town of Collingwood since 2018. She served on the Development and Operations Committee and the Joint Municipal Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee during her term.

Councillor Hamilin developed detailed recommendations to increase affordable housing for people working in Collingwood with the Affordable Housing Task Force. She also led the initiative to update the Town’s Official Plan planning document.

Before her time in government, she worked as a lawyer and chaired the Canadian Property Tax Association. She also sat on the Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts Board and served as Chair of the Purple Hills Arts & Heritage Society. She is known for her work in the Public Art Committee in Thornbury and her work field of municipal, property tax, and land-use planning law in Toronto for 27 years.

Hamilin, has commented on the need for real action to ensure affordable housing in the Collingwood area. For her, new developments guarantee a healthy and safe neighbourhood for Collingwood.

Hamilin went to the University of Western and holds a Bachelor of Law.

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Mariane McLeod

Current Acting Deputy Mayor

134 Hume St., Collingwood
705-444-2472
mcleodformayor@gmail.com
marianemcleod.ca

Mcleod is currently a Councillor for the Town of Collingwood. She was elected in 2018. When the former mayor, Brian Saunderson, took a leave of absence to run for provincial office, Mcleod began serving as Deputy Mayor. 

 

Prior to getting involved in government, Mariane spent most of her career in communications and journalism. She worked as a News Anchor and writer for Rogers Media and then as a Communications Coordinator for the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital. She also served as a member and chaired the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority board.  

 

Mcleod has a Bachelor of Art in English and Women Studies from the University of Guelph, and a diploma in Journalism from Fanshawe College.  

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Norm Sandberg

328 Pine St., Collingwood

705-445-8384 | 416-303-2254

norm@MayorNorm.ca

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Norm Sandberg is currently a Councillor for the Town of Collingwood. Sandberg spent four terms on the council from 1993-1999 and 2002-2010, where he served on the Museum Board, Library Board,  and the Affordable Housing Task Force. He also fought to keep key businesses in the town's downtown area.

 

Since 2012, Sandberg has worked with the federal non-profit Nuclear Waste Management Organization. He also worked for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), Ontario Small Urban Municipalities, and the Georgian Bay Waterworks Association.

 

Sandberg will prioritize affordable housing, responsible, reasonable taxation, a prosperous local economy, grain terminals, and general and marine hospital if elected.

 

Before Sandberg's government career, he worked for an engineering consulting firm for 25 years. He has lived in Collingwood for 40 years with his wife, Jan.

Deputy Mayor

Jordan Fleming

Tim Fryer

Bob Madigan

Councillor (seven to be elected)

Christopher Baines

Steve Berman (incumbent)

Ian Chadwick

George Dickenson

Deb Doherty (incumbent)

Cam Ecclestone

Brandon Houston

Kathy Jeffery (incumbent)

Steve Johns

Steve Perry

Chris Potts

Rob Ring

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Orillia

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Certified List of Candidates

Office of the Mayor

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Mason Ainsworth

Current Ward 3 Councillor

401 Tallwood Dr

705-826-4967

mason4orillia@gmail.com

Ainsworth is currently the Ward 3 Councillor and has served since 2014. As the youngest person elected in the city's history, Ainsworth has served as a board member for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the Ontario Small Urban Municipalities executive committee from 2018 to 2020.

As Councillor, he founded the Affordable Housing Committee and supported the creation of the Affordable Housing Incentives. Subsequently, he has also been successful in getting major investments into basic infrastructure and working on Orillia's Climate Change Action Plan.

Ainsworth's campaign commitments are centred around recovering the city from the pandemic by supporting infrastructure development and addressing unemployment.

Ainsworth lives in Orillia, and before his work in government, he worked in finance as a certified Mortgage Agent at Mortgage Coach.

Ainsworth attended Lakehead University and received a Bachelor of Art in Political Science and Pre-Law.

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John Edward Maxwell

John Edward Maxwell is an entrepreneur. He has owned numerous businesses, including pet stores and upholstery shops. In 2014, Maxwell ran in the municipal election but was unsuccessful.

 

In previous elections, Maxwell has shared that he is running in the municipal election primarily to ensure people have a variety of mayoral candidates.

92-580 West St S

705-619-3655

jtmaxwell4545@gmail.com

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Donald McIsaac

668 Broadview Ave

705-955-2615

dwmcisaac@hotmail.com

Donald McIsaac, an Orillia native, has spent the last 20 years working in the United States. As a chartered professional accountant, McIssac has held of executive-level positions for various organizations, including Chief Financial Officer for Cirrus Aircraft and Alimak Hek Inc. He also worked for Duluth Airport Authority and then served on the board of the U.S National Aviation Hall of Fame as a treasurer.

Newly retired, McIsaac moved back to Orillia in January from the United States with his wife.

McIssac has pointed to the complex issues that face the city, namely environmental issues, the possible annexation of land from surrounding townships, and mental health and addiction issues.

Both his mother and father served as mayors of Orillia. His father, Burt McIsaac, was the first mayor after Orillia was incorporated as a city in 1969. His mother, Pat McIsaac, was mayor in the 1980s.

Ward 1 Councillor

Paul Cain

David Campbell

(incumbent)

Robert Kloostra

(Ward 2 incumbent)

Matthew Lund

Rick Sinotte

Whitney Smith

Ward 2 Councillor

Alan Bayne

Ralph Cipolla

(incumbent)

Gilles Depratto

Harold Dougall

Ian Gordon

Brian Hare

Luke Leatherdale

Dael Morris

Robert Winacott

Ward 3 Councillor

Deval Brahmbhatt

Jeff Czetwerzuk

Jay Fallis

(incumbent)

Zak Gariba

Elizabeth Van Houtte

Nick Wray

Ward 4 Councillor

Janet-Lynne Durnford

Payla Hill-Coulson

Tim Lauer

(incumbent)

Kyle Peacock

Pat Reid

Joe Winacott

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Wasaga Beach

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Certified List of Candidates

Office of the Mayor

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Nina Bifolchi

Nina Bifolchi was elected as Mayor of Wasaga Beach in 2018. Bifolchi has a long history of working in municipal government. Prior to her election, she served as Deputy Mayor from 2006 to 2014 and as Councillor of the County of Simcoe in 2014. In addition, she has chaired the County’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee and the County’s Regional Government Review Task Force Committee.

 

She is currently up for re-election. She has committed to replacing the Wasaga Star Arena with the Twin Pad Arena and Library, as well as overseeing the development of the Gateway Casino that was awarded to the Wasaga Beach Community by the Provincial Government and OLG in 2018. She has stated that the revenue accumulated from both development projects will be spent on future projects that will enhance the community of Wasaga Beach.

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Leslie Farkas

Leslie Farkas owns Skydive Wasaga Beach, a federally regulated Commercial Aviation Operation. He has had experience working with policy and all levels of government.

Farkas has highlighted in his platform the need to tackle the rising inflation, the ongoing affordability crisis, the dire state of roads, the rate of unemployment, and the lack of educational resources in the area. He has also committed to protecting property tax.

Farkas has also publicly emphasized the need to boost tourism in the area as it is Wasaga's main industry and would like to see the region become a four-season destination.

Leslie Farkas holds a Bachelor of law from Queen's University. He is a father of two young children and a grandfather.

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Giorgio Mammoliti

Giorgio Mammoliti began his political career at 28 when he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. As an MPP, he served as the parliamentary assistant to the Solicitor General, the Minister of Correctional Services, the Minister of Health, and the Minister responsible for the Provincial Anti-Drug Strategy. Mammoliti also served as President of CUPE, Local 767 and gained extensive experience in negotiations and labour relations during his term.

 

From 1995 to 2018, Mammoliti served as a North York City Councillor and a Toronto City Councillor. During his time as Councillor, he served on the Mayor's Executive Committee and various other influential committees, including the Mayor's Executive Committee, Parks and Environment Committee, Community Development & Recreation Committee, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).

 

Most notably, he chaired the Affordable Housing Committee, for which he authored North America's first 10-year affordable housing plan, "Housing Opportunities Toronto (HOT) Action Plan 2010-2020".

 

Mammoliti graduated with honours from Humber College in Labour Relations and Media Broadcasting. He extended his education and acquired a certificate from the University of Toronto Rotman School of Business. Directorship.

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Brian Smith

Brian Smith owns and operates several businesses in Wasaga Beach, Collingwood, and Ottawa. Born and raised in Wasaga Beach, Smith has been self-employed for 38 years, having first started his own business at the age of 12.

Smith, an active community member, has sat on 16 committees and boards and attended over 400 citizen meetings and events. He has represented Wasaga Beach at Simcoe County Council and sits on the Simcoe County Audit and Finance Committee. While on Council, he assisted in improving the Wasaga community and added over $18 million to town reserves.

Smith's campaign promises to focus on bringing accountability and transparency to the town hall, promoting tourism, ensure that all new development and town projects contain local material and labour.

Brian Smith has three girls with his wife and business partner, Joanne. They have been married for 34 years.

Deputy Mayor

Sylvia Bray

(incumbent)

Ilona Matthews

Tanya Snell

Councillor (five to be elected)

Ron Anderson

Pam Barker

Joe Belanger (incumbent)

Shawn Cerveira

Hogan Courrier

Sasha-Rose Dileo

Faye Ego

Fred Heyduk

Valery Saningong

Jim Seili

Ellen Timms

George Watson (incumbent)

Stan Wells (incumbent)

Richard White

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Bradford West Gwillimbury

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Office of the Mayor

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Mauro Di Giovanni

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Antonio Garcia

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James Leduc

Current Deputy Mayor

241 Simcoe Rd.

B: 1-855-868-3455 H: 905-778-8878

jamesrleduc@gmail.com

www.jamesleduc.ca

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Michael Lotter

​31 Russel Drive

www.michael4bwgmayor.ca

Deputy Mayor

Brent Fellman

Raj Sandhu

Ward 1 Councillor

Al Bonura

Cheraldean Duhaney

Aftab Hussain

Randy Hutchings

Rahmat Mansoor

Ward 2 Councillor

 

Carlos Botelho

Jonathan Scott

(incumbent)

Ward 3 Councillor

Gary R. Lamb

(incumbent)

Gavin Maclean

Ben Verkaik

Ward 4 Councillor

Iftikhar Ahmed

Joseph Giordano

Zahid Kahlon

Rick Turner

Ward 5 Councillor

Munawar Chudary

Peter Ferragine

(incumbent)

Ward 6 Councillor

 

Mark Contois

(incumbent)

Nickolas Harper

Jennifer Harrison

Ward 7 Councillor

Peter Dykie Jr.

(incumbent)

Nathan Harris

Steph Sinclair

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Innisifil

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Office of the Mayor

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Lynn Dollin

Incumbent

21 Queen Street, Cookstown

705-458-9023

lynndollin@gmail.com

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Daniel Davidson

Current Deputy Mayor

73 Big Bay Point Road, Innisfil

705-294-1170

danieldavidson@rogers.com

Deputy Mayor

Ron Nicol

Kenneth Fowler

Ward 1 Councillor

Kevin Eisses

(incumbent)

Lynn Iwanow

Ward 2 Councillor

 

Grace Constantine

Carol Griffith

Scott Jones

Anil Dutta

Ward 3 Councillor

Jennifer Richardson

Leslie Pollak

Naz Obredor

Andrew Harrigan

Ward 4 Councillor

Alex Waters

(incumbent)

Steven Fishman

Ward 5 Councillor

Matthew Kenney

Jeanette Luchese-Jacobs

Linda Zanella

James Roncone

Ward 6 Councillor

 

Robert Saunders

Megan Varga

Lisa Maxwell

Ward 7 Councillor

Fred Drodge

Kevin Eckhardt

Jake Tucker

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Midland

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Certified List of Candidates

Office of the Mayor

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Bill Gordon

Current Ward 2 Councillor

1031 Dominion Avenue Midland, ON 705-528-4664

bill@billgordon.ca

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Johnathan Main

Current Ward 1 Councillor

320 Fourth Street Midland, ON

705-528-2859 midlandmain@gmail.com

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Ute Schmid-Jones

955 Yonge Street, Unit #4 Midland, 705-527-1612

utesj@sympatico.ca

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Stewart Strathearn

Incumbent

431 Mundy’s Bay Road Midland, ON 705-427-9157 stewart@stewartstrathearn.ca

Deputy Mayor

Jack Contin

Cody Oschefski

Councillor (seven to be elected)

Roberta Bald

Jamie-Lee Ball

Glen Canning

Jim Downer (incumbent)

Sheldon East

Tom Gardzinski

Ben Gorski

Bob Jeffery

Catherine E. MacDonald

Eric Howie Major

Carole McGinn (incumbent)

Bill Meridis

Beth Marie Prost (incumbent)

Rebecca Sernasie

Franco Vatalaro

Matthew Vaters

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