With the use of cryptocurrency gaining acceptance for online transactions, including in Barrie and area, a conference in Amsterdam on the emerging form of payment focused on its potential for merchants and customers.
One of the speakers at the conference was Barrie’s own Chad Ballantyne, proprietor of Rhubarb Media and The Creative Space, a business incubator with offices in Barrie and Collingwood.
“PIVX was asked to be present at the Chainges.io event in Amsterdam.  We have a large Netherlands following, so it was a good fit. They specifically asked me to speak on ‘How to brand crypto, from Darknet to PIVX.’ Our booth was constantly filled with new people asking questions or connecting with PIVX fans. There seems to be a love for the brand and the privacy coin. We plan on investing more time in the Netherlands, for sure,” said Ballantyne.
The Blockchain Conference, Chainges, event was held May 4-5. Ballantyne was the only representative from Canada out of nearly 60 speakers.
Several other businesses having jumped on board, including Public Relations agency Catalyst communications, Rhubarb Media, and architect firm 3Stones. All are currently accepting the alternative coin PIVX as a form of payment from their clients and customers.
“We are always looking for a unique offerings to bring in new clients,” says Dean Jacksch of CARdocs in Barrie. “We’ve had a few new customers sign on because we accepted PIVX and a few more curious ones checking it out. Offering unique services that others do not, has always been a part of our strategy.”
Businesses can convert the total invoice into PIV at current market value and have the customer send PIV to a payment address with a click from their ‘wallet.’ From there, the business has the option to exchange the PIV for Canadian dollars (or local fiat) or hold it as an investment.
When doing business globally, there can be limitations with standard forms on online payment, as some companies are unable to support bank transfers from other countries. Cryptocurrencies allow merchants to setup a payment gateway that makes it possible to receive money from anywhere in the world in seconds without any third party interference.
Cryptocurrency allows for faster transfer speeds than other services and is often significantly cheaper, in the case of PIVX the cost is only $0.01 to transfer money. PIVX is completely private as well, which means the transaction cannot be tracked nor can the wallet address be used to see how much currency an individual holds. This level of privacy is important in a world where increasingly personal information is being sold or exposed.
Sean O’Reilly of 3Stones Architecture began accepting PIVX this year.
“I believe people and businesses are looking for alternative methods of conducting business which is not affected by geopolitics,” he said. “Our research told us that PIVX is the most well-balanced, open and organized form of cryptocurrency.”
As a recent adopter, O’Reilly is expecting great outcomes.
“While it’s still early for us, we have seen tremendous financial growth for the friends and businesses we know that have invested in cryptocurrency.”
For more information about PIVX, please visit www.pivx.org.
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Residents dislodged by a major fire Monday night at a complex managed by the Barrie Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation are in immediate need of some basic items.
They are:
• Blankets and sheets (twin, double, queen)
• Clothing (infant, toddler and school age)
• Diapers and pullups/ baby wipes
• Dog and cat food, litter and other pet supplies
• Personal hygiene items (shampoo, soap, razors, deodorant etc.)
Emergency crews responded to the fire at 100 Little Ave. The building is a multi-unit building. No injuries were reported among the 70 residents, but the fire has left all 25 units in the building inhabitable. All people displaced by the fire are currently being accommodated at a nearby hotel.
Many Barrie residents have expressed an interest to help the victims affected by this fire. Monetary donations to one of the Go Fund Me campaigns is the preferred way to help. Visit https://www.gofundme.com/help-victims-of-the-allandale-fire or https://www.gofundme.com/full-out-for-100-litte-avenue to make a donation.
Item donations (new or gently used) will be collected in the Rotunda of City Hall (70 Collier Street) until Friday, April 27 at 4:30 p.m.

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Street performers are wanted for a new program aimed at entertaining downtown patrons and perhaps launching musical careers.
The City and Downtown Barrie (BIA) are looking for local musicians to participate in the new Emerging Musicians Program and perform in various locations in the downtown core throughout the summer. The program is an evolution of the former Street Performers Program and capitalizes on its successful record in launching musical careers.
“Barrie has a lot of home-grown musical talent and the Emerging Musicians Program aims to showcase that talent and help local musicians launch their careers while creating a lively and dynamic atmosphere in downtown Barrie,” said Amanda Dyke, Cultural Development Officer.
Up to 10 musicians, chosen by a panel of jurors, will be issued annual permits to perform during scheduled shifts on evenings and weekends from June to September. Live auditions will take place Wednesday, May 16 from 3 – 8 p.m. at the Five Points Theatre, presented by Pratt Homes & Development. Members of the public are welcome to attend and cheer on their favourite musicians.
To book an audition, musicians are asked to upload a video of themselves performing one full song to YouTube and complete an online submission form by Sunday, May 13. Creative Economy staff will then follow up to confirm the audition time. Musicians are also encouraged to share their videos on social media using the hashtag #CreativeBarrie to promote their participation and build support leading up to the live auditions.
Full program details and the online submission form are available at www.barrie.ca/EmergingMusicians.

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The city’s annual Spring Into Clean events have been postponed due to a reluctance of winter to vacate these parts.
New dates are as follows:
• Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Waterfront Cleanup Day (Heritage Park)
Friends, family and neighbours are encouraged to come out and clean up Barrie’s waterfront area. Supplies will be provided, as well as beverages and snacks by Tim Hortons. Registration is not required for the Waterfront Cleanup Day.
• April 28 & 29: Community Cleanup Days
Remember to use the official Spring into Clean collection bags, which will ensure that the garbage you pick up is collected on Monday, April 30.
• Friday, April 27: Student Participation Day
• April 27 to 29:  Corporate Cleanup Days
A Spring into Clean flag raising ceremony was supposed to take place at City Hall on April 16, but was cancelled due to the weather. This flag raising has been rescheduled for April 23 at 1 p.m.
Spring into Clean is sponsored by Tim Hortons and garbage collection is donated by Waste Connections of Canada. The Spring Into Clean events are designed to clean up our community, while raising levels of environmental awareness and social responsibility. Last year, the events saw 19,141 participants collect over 7.5 tonnes of litter across 159,328 sq. meters of the City.

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The topic of growth is on the table as the City of Barrie hosts a drop-in workshop and online opportunities for a community discussion on the subject.
The conversation is to focus on intensification and the opportunities it presents for cities to transform, mature, embrace vibrancy and seize economic development.
“The City of Barrie is growing with an anticipated 210,000 people calling Barrie home by 2031,” Andrea Bourrie, Director of Planning and Building Services, is quoted saying.
“How we prepare to meet this growth will have lasting effects on Barrie’s economic, social, cultural and environmental landscape. Our collective vision is one key element that will help shape our community, improve the quality of life for residents, and build Barrie’s future today.”
An interactive workshop is planned for Tuesday, April 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Sheba Shrine Club (142 John Street). It’s open to everyone and registration isn’t required. Residents are also encouraged to share ideas and add to the discussion in a new online forum. Online engagement will be open until April 30, 2018.
Participate in the workshop or online for a chance to win. Visit www.buildingbarrie.ca for more information and to join the conversations.

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Ed Asner is bringing his show, A Man and his Prostate, to Barrie for the only performance scheduled in Canada, Tuesday, April 24.
Presented by the Barrie International Comedy Festival and Talk is Free Theatre, the show is based on a true-life experience, in which a man discovers his inner self in more ways than one. A near tragedy is masterfully transformed into comedy, perfectly portrayed by Ed Asner in his hilarious visit to the hospital in preparation for surgery he doesn’t want.
Tickets are $55, plus fees tax, for VIP Seating; $45 for orchestra left and right sections; $35 for pod seating. For tickets call the TIFT box office, (705) 792-1949.
Former Toronto Star theatre critic Richard Ouzounian will interview Mr. Ashner about his life and work following the performance. All patrons are invited to stay behind for the interview.

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April showers have turned to spring ice pellets in the Barrie region and across much of Ontario, with freezing rain warnings still in effect.
Freezing rain is slowly transitioning to rain across the region, lingering as temperatures struggle to rise above the freezing mark. That’s expected to change Monday afternoon, but due to ice accumulations combined with brisk northeast winds, there is still a risk of power outages due to fallen tree limbs and power lines.
For service requests or questions email servicebarrie@barrie.ca call 705-726-4242 or use the Pingstreet mobile app, available for download via www.barrie.ca/pingstreet.
Road maintenance
Road crews were out all night applying salt and scraping routes. Operations are continuing at this time. City sanders were dispatched at 4 a.m. and are continuing to clear slush off priority routes.
City plows were dispatched at midnight to plow the residential routes. They are continuing until noon and then will be back in at midnight tonight to complete operations.
Priority sidewalks were being cleared through the night and are currently in operation. Crews started on residential sidewalks 4 a.m. Downtown sidewalk approaches were completed by 8 a.m. this morning.
To help avoid potential flooding, plows have been trying to push the snow back to the curb. If residents can do so safely, please help to clear the catch basins near your property. If residents notice any flooding, please call Service Barrie at 705-726-4242 to report.
Residents can track the progress of crews at www.barrie.ca/PlowTracker.
Curbside Collection
Curbside waste collection is cancelled today. Collection this week will be delayed by one day, with Friday’s collection occurring on Saturday. Please ensure that materials are curbside by 7 a.m. for collection, out of the path of snow removal equipment and not on a snow bank. Should it snow or if snow removal equipment covers collection materials after they have been placed out for collection, it is the responsibility of the resident/owner to remove the snow from their materials so they are accessible and visible to the collector.
Recreation
All Recreation Centres are open today, however there are some programs cancelled due to the inclement weather. Checkwww.barrie.ca/RecCancellations for the latest.

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Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for much of Southern Ontario, including Barrie, due to a potential ice storm.
The latest forecast is showing the possibility of significant freezing rain starting Saturday morning continuing through to Sunday. This weather event may result in lengthy power outages caused by significant ice build-up on electrical equipment, high winds and fallen tree limbs on overhead powerlines.
Residents are encouraged to follow Alectra on Twitter on @AlectraNews, download the Alectra app or visit the outage map at www.alectrautilities.com for the latest updates. To report outages Alectra customers in Simcoe County should call 1-877-963-6900.
The City of Barrie will post City service information related to the storm on Twitter (@cityofbarrie), Facebook (facebook.com/cityofbarrie/) and www.barrie.ca/EmergencyManagement. The City asks residents not to use social media to report service requests during the storm. Service requests should be sent to Service Barrie by calling 705-726-4242 (if the concern needs to be addressed after-hours, press zero for assistance), emailing servicebarrie@barrie.ca, or by using the Pingstreet mobile app, available for download via www.barrie.ca/pingstreet. As always, in the event of an emergency, residents should call 911.
The City has all winter maintenance crews on standby to address icy road conditions. Staff will monitor the weather closely and salters/sanders will be dispatched accordingly. Residents can track the progress of crews at www.barrie.ca/PlowTracker.
Barrie Transit services
During this storm watch, both conventional and specialized transit services will continue to operate. However, the impact of this weather may cause service delays, staff will monitor the weather closely and work to maintain service levels where possible and safe to do so.
What to do if you see a downed tree
Residents are responsible for damage done to trees on their private property. For any downed City trees or trees fallen on utility lines, call Service Barrie at 705-726-4242 Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm. If the concern needs to be addressed after-hours, press zero for assistance. Residents can also report downed trees using the Pingstreet mobile app.
Flashing red or blank traffic lights
During an electrical power loss, traffic signal displays at intersections will be either be blank or flashing red/amber. Yield the right-of-way to vehicles in the intersection and to vehicles entering the intersection from your right. Go cautiously and use the intersection the same way you would use an intersection with all-way stop signs.
What to do if you see a downed power line
Downed power lines may be energized and are dangerous. If power lines are down, stay at least 10 metres away (the length of a school bus), and call 911 immediately.
The City of Barrie reminds all residents of the importance of having an emergency kit in the event of a sustained power outage. It is recommended that emergency kits include: medicine, first aid supplies, flashlights, new batteries, a battery-operated radio, a manual can opener, canned food, bottled water, blankets, food for pets and important telephone numbers for family doctors, schools, daycare and insurance companies.
For helpful preparedness information please visit www.getprepared.gc.ca.

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Acting on a tip about a possible home invasion, Barrie police arrived at a city address to learn that four masked and armed suspects had forced their way into the house early Tuesday morning.
The three males and one female told the lone victim they were looking for one of the residents who was not in the house at the time. They reportedly left the residence in a vehicle traveling in an unknown direction before officers arrived on scene, police report.
Around 9:30 that morning an officer spotted a vehicle with four occupants matching the description of the getaway car, in the area of Grove Street East approaching Johnston Street. A traffic stop was attempted and the vehicle refused to stop, running a red light on Nelson Street at Grove Street East. The vehicle continued until it collided into a snowbank at the end of Nelson Street in the Georgian Fields parking lot.
All four occupants exited the vehicle and fled on foot in different directions with officers and K9 on their heels, police report. The three males were arrested within Georgian Fields by two K9s and officers on foot moments after fleeing the vehicle. The female was met by an officer at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre as she exited the bush area towards Georgian Drive and tried to evade police amongst the commotion at the hospital, police report.
The males, 27, 23, and 24 and a 26-year-old female, all from Barrie, were charged with numerous offences. A machete, loaded folding stock, semi-automatic assault rifle, pellet replica handgun, bear spray, homemade pepper spray were seized from the vehicle.

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Now that spring has sprung, City Hall is launching its annual Spring into Clean program.
Residents are invited to participate in events to clean up the community. Registration is open for the events, on from April 20 to 22. They include:
• Waterfront Cleanup Day at Heritage Park: Friends, family and neighbours are encouraged to come out and clean up Barrie’s waterfront area. Supplies will be provided, as well as beverages and snacks by Tim Hortons. Registration is not required for the Waterfront Cleanup Day.
• Community Cleanup Days: All residents are encouraged to register to clean up a local public space such as a park, ravine, trail or neighbourhood park. Registrations can be submitted online, individually or as a group. By registering, you will receive the official Spring into Clean collection bags, which will ensure that the garbage you pick up is collected on Monday, April 23.
• Student Participation Day: Students are encouraged to clean up their property and adjacent parklands. Schools that register will receive enough garbage bags and gloves for each student participant to help clean up their yard and surrounding areas.
• Corporate Cleanup Days: This is a call to all businesses in Barrie to register to clean up a local public space such as a park, ravine, trail or neighbourhood park. Registrations can be submitted online, individually or as a group.
A related flag raising ceremony will take place at City Hall on April 16 at 11:30 a.m. with Mayor Jeff Lehman, staff and community members.
Spring into Clean is sponsored by Tim Hortons and garbage collection is donated by Waste Connections of Canada. The events coincide with Earth Week and are designed to clean up our community, while raising levels of environmental awareness and social responsibility. Last year, the events saw 19,141 participants collect over 7.5 tonnes of litter across 159,328 sq. meters of the city.

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Community complaints lead to drug arrests

March 13, 2018 municipal news

The Barrie Police Service Street Crime Unit (SCU) commenced an investigation in February into drug trafficking following numerous complaints from concerned community members. On Friday, March 9, members of the Barrie Police SCU, along with the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police Tactical Response Unit, York Regional Police Service Emergency Response Unit and the Barrie […]

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Program combats human trafficking

March 13, 2018 Police roundup

Crime is paying off, just not for the criminals committing it. The province is providing new funding for police services to support programs tailored to the unique needs of each local community. The program uses forfeited money generated from criminal activity to assist victims and prevent other crimes. This year, $1.7 million will be invested […]

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Remains confirmed as Mandy Thompson

March 7, 2018 Police roundup

Police have confirmed that human remains discovered by hunters are that of Mandy Thompson, missing for more than a year. Just before 8 a.m. on Tuesday Feb. 27, OPP officers attended the Heritage Hills Golf Club at 367 Line 1 South in Oro-Medonte Township after a group of hunters discovered what were later confirmed to be […]

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Shelter hosts session on responding to human trafficking

February 20, 2018 municipal news

The Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie is hosting a session on Wednesday to bring agencies together to share their knowledge, expertise and tools that support sexually exploited women and girls. It’s scheduled for 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Holiday, 20 Fairview Drive. Training will include representatives from various agencies speaking about their […]

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Show at newly named Five Points Theatre features JUNO recognized acts

February 20, 2018 arts and entertainment

A performance by two Canadian acts as part of Black History Month will feature a special panel on the contributions of black women to Barrie. The City of Barrie present An Evening with Digging Roots and Dione Taylor & The Backsliderz on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at the newly named Five Points Theatre. The event blends blues, roots and […]

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Two men face weapons/robbery charges

February 20, 2018 municipal news

Barrie police have arrested and charged two men in connection with the theft of a vehicle and the use of a handgun. Last Thursday, police report that just before noon, a man was accosted and robbed of his vehicle at gunpoint outside his Barrie home. The two suspects, one armed with a handgun, fled the area […]

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February blues returns to Barrie

January 27, 2018 arts and entertainment

The blues returns to Barrie with February Blues XXI scheduled for the first weekend of the month. Along the way jazz and blues will resonate from venues around the city. City Scene Barrie is pleased to provide this listing. Be the first to like. Like Unlike

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BMC an arena in search of a new name

January 17, 2018 municipal news

Do you want an arena named after you? Now’s your chance, but as expected it comes with a price. The City of Barrie wants to hear from individuals or businesses interested in have the naming rights to the Barrie Molson Centre (BMC). The current name will be replaced by the end of 2018. “The naming […]

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Police seek help locating Innisfil woman

January 3, 2018 Police roundup

Barrie Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance in locating Pauline Strangemore, 55, of Innifil. She was last seen on Friday, Dec. 29th leaving her residence at about 7 p.m. It is believed she traveled southbound on Highway 27, driving her black Ford Focus with licence plate BSDX 953, and was expected to arrive at […]

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New Year’s Eve show features Hip tribute

December 7, 2017 arts and entertainment

Canadian rock icon Kim Mitchell is set to rattle and roll downtown Barrie to ring in the new year as part of the 20th annual Downtown Countdown, New Year’s Eve. “In partnership with Rock 95 and 107.5 Kool FM, the City of Barrie is excited to welcome Canadian rock icon Kim Mitchell to headline the […]

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City aims to connect women in tech

October 10, 2017 municipal news

The City’s Invest Barrie division has partnered with Women in Tech World (WinTech) to connect women in our region who are in the tech industry and discover ideas to better promote the industry to women. WinTech is working on an extensive report on the current state of women in tech across Canada. In developing this […]

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Arts program back for third session

September 12, 2017 arts and entertainment

The Artrepreneur program is coming back to Barrie for a third session. Designed to to equip independent artists, arts administrators and creative entrepreneurs with vital business skills needed for success across all arts disciplines and industries, the program is presented by the City of Barrie in partnership with Georgian College’s Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, the York Region Arts […]

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Death not considered suspicious

September 1, 2017 Police roundup

Examination of the body of a female found in the marsh area of Dyment Pond has led to the conclusion that the death is not  considered suspicious. Exact cause of death has not been determined, police report. A Barrie female, 39, believed to living in the wooded area by Dyment Pond, has been identified however […]

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Police investigate body found in pond

August 30, 2017 Police roundup

Barrie police have closed off a section of Victoria Street, west of Anne Street, after a body was located in the marsh area of Dyment Pond. Police report that on Tuesday, Aug. 29 shortly after 11 p.m. they received a call from a female at the Wellington Plaza reporting a male had approached her advising there […]

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Police report arresting shooting suspect

August 28, 2017 Police roundup

Barrie police report that investigators with the Barrie Police Homicide Unit have arrested and charged Max Cameron Pritchett, 21, wanted on a Canada wide warrant for the Aug. 13 shooting on Mulcaster Street and Lakeshore Drive, in Barrie. He has been charged with: Attempted Murder, Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Prohibited Firearm, Possession of […]

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