Barrie police are on the scent of a couple of perfume thieves who may have been pulling similar heists in other jurisdictions.
Last Sunday about 6:30 p.m., two males entered the Shoppers Drug Mart at 420 Essa Road. The first male headed into the cosmetics section and spoke with the cosmetician, bringing her down an aisle to keep her distracted. The second male made his way to the fragrance wall. He began to fill a cooler bag he was carrying, taking colognes and perfumes from the shelf and counter area, police report.
He then exited the store making no attempt to pay and could immediately be seen making a phone call. The male still in the store could be observed answering his phone and then leaving the aisle where he was still talking to the cosmetician. He swiftly left the store to meet the other suspect behind the building and both suspects were last seen leaving the area on foot.
Total value of items stolen $1991.
The next day, Monday, police report that two males entered the Shoppers Drug Mart at 380 Mapleview Drive West, around 8 p.m. The first suspect proceeded to the Chanel Section and, crouching down, was able to open a secured storage drawer with an unknown object. At the same time, the second suspect distracted the employee with numerous questions, police report.
The employee became suspicious of the distraction technique and began to check the store for a theft in progress. As the suspect with the cooler bag full of cologne exited the store, he was stopped by the employee. He presented an empty backpack, while keeping the cooler bag closed and out of sight. He immediately left the store with the second male suspect quickly fleeing behind him. Both were seen on foot heading westbound on Mapleview Drive West.
Items stolen totalled $4735.
The first suspect is described as a male about 35 to 45, about 5’10” and 180 lbs, black hair with dark facial hair. The second suspect is described as a male with dark complexion, about 35 to 45 with a large build, brown hair with dark facial hair.
It is possible, police report, due to information from neighbouring police services, these suspects are linked to other similar thefts and are possibly travelling in a grey Toyota Echo with Quebec plate FHR3582. Police are continuing their investigation at this time and wish for anyone who may have information to please contact either: Constable J. Knight- 705-725-7025 ext. 2534 or jknight@barriepolice.ca; Constable J. Waugh at 705-725-7025 ext. 2738 or jwaugh@barriepolice.ca

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Centennial Beach will be the site for beach rescue demonstrations and speeches as Barrie kicks off National Drowning Prevention Week, July 15 – 21.
Special guests from the Lifesaving Society of Ontario and the Canadian Red Cross will speak to efforts to prevent drowning deaths. The event begins Monday, July 16, near the lifeguard office at Centennial Beach. It runs from 10-11:15 p.m. Here is the agenda:
• 10 – 10:25 a.m. Speeches from special guests and city recreation staff
• 10:25 – 10:45 a.m. Beach rescue demonstrations by City of Barrie lifeguards
• 10:45 – 10:55 a.m. Thank you and wrap up
• 11:15 a.m. Flag raising ceremony at City Hall.
In Canada, an average of 500 Canadians drown each year in preventable water-related incidents, making drowning the third leading cause of unintentional death among Canadians under 60 years of age. Most drownings occur close to safety and not wearing a lifejacket or PFD was a factor in 88 per cent of boating deaths.
Once again this summer, the City of Barrie is partnering with the Canadian Red Cross for the PFD Loan Service, which aims to prevent drownings by increasing the availability of PFD’s and educating the public on how to fit and use them. Visitors can borrow certified PFD’s for FREE (a $10 refundable deposit is required) from the Lifeguard Office at Centennial Beach and Johnson’s Beach during times that lifeguards are on duty (11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, weather permitting). More than 180 people participated in the program in 2017.

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A teacher with the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board (SMCDSB) was recently elected chair of Council for the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT).
Nicole van Woudenberg has been a teacher since 1998; most recently at the board she held the position of Special Education Coordinator, working to support and promote inclusive education for all students in the board.
“I can’t think of a better person to represent the Ontario College of Teachers in this important role,” Carol Corriveau-Truchon, SMCDSB chair, is quoted saying. “Nicole is a consummate professional who represents the teaching vocation with integrity, compassion and dedication. I know she will make our Board incredibly proud as she fulfills the duties of this role.”
The new chair will remain in the elected position for a three-year term and then return to the SMCDSB in September of 2021. In her role as chair of the eighth College Council, she will play a significant role in regulating the teaching profession and fulfilling the legislated mandate of the OCT.
“As I embark on this new leadership opportunity as the Ontario College of Teachers eighth Council Chair, I look fondly on my collegial relationships with my Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board family,” van Woudenberg is quoted saying. “I am proud of the dedicated educators who are committed to authentic inclusion to reach every student, especially those with special education needs and I am grateful for the support I have received from my colleagues at the Board.”

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The public’s help is being sought by Barrie police to identify a suspect who stole a donation jar meant for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.
On Tuesday at 5:30 a.m. police received an alarm call from The Beer Store located at 299 Blake Street. The front window had been smashed and video surveillance showed a male enter and collect the Returns for Leukemia donation jar located on the counter. The suspect quickly fled the scene with only the jar in hand.
The suspect is described as white male, 50 to 60-years old, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with red trim, light coloured jeans and possibly white gloves. Police are continuing their investigation at this time and wish for anyone who may have information to please contact Constable T Howlett of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext. 2683 or thowlett@barriepolice.ca.
Any information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com

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If the taxman comes calling, best to check with police before responding.
The Barrie Police Service is warning local residents after being alerted that scammers are using the Barrie police’s phone number as part of a never-ending Canada Revenue Scam (CRA).
Scammers claiming to be with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) have been targeting people throughout Barrie and are using fake phone numbers to avoid being caught. Recently the number being used belongs to the Barrie Police Service (705-725-7025).
For several weeks citizens throughout the Barrie area have been called numerous times by someone claiming to be a police officer with Barrie police.  The caller (scammer) claims to be a police officer and threatens them over the phone with hefty fines, arrest and jail time if he/she does not send money for an outstanding tax bill. Callers have called back the number that has displayed on the caller ID, and the caller reaches the Barrie Police Service.
The scammers will search the internet and attach any phone number, which can be a local police service or government agency. These scammers are relentless and they continue to invent and even reuse old scams to prey on vulnerable persons, police report.
The Barrie Police Service does not handle tax related matters for the CRA or any other financial institutions. Anyone who receives such calls should contact the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

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Barrie police continue to investigate a collision between a van and a motorcycle which occurred Monday around 5 p.m., just south of Big Bay Point Road.
The motorcycle was travelling southbound on Yonge Street when the rider left the bike, causing it to continue sliding down the road.  The van was turning into a plaza entrance when the collision occurred, police report.
The rider, a 44-year-old Innisfil man, sustained serious, life threatening injuries was transported to a GTA hospital. He is currently listed in stable but serious condition. The driver of the van, a 26-year-old Barrie man, was not physically injured as a result of the collision.
At this time no charges have been laid and the investigation continues. Investigators in the Barrie Police Traffic Unit are seeking witnesses who may have observed this collision. Please contact PC M Casey of the Barrie Police Traffic Unit at 705-725-7025 ext. 2918 or email at mcasey@barriepolice.ca. Any information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com

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Samantha McInnis

 

Barrie police continue to seek the public’s assistance in locating Samantha McInnis, 27, from Angus.
Detectives have confirmed Samantha was last seen by family and friends on Thursday, June 21st, and she is believed to be in Barrie. Police and family members are concerned for her wellbeing.
She is described as: Female, white; 5’, thin build; brown hair, possibly coloured at the ends; blue eyes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective P. Butera of the Barrie Police Criminal Investigation Division at 705-725-7025, ext. 2129 or pbutera@barriepolice.ca.  To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.p3tips.com.

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A recent phone scam has Barrie police warning the public to be cautious about providing financial information to callers.
The Alternate Response Unit has received multiple phone calls from people in our area who have received calls advising them that their credit card had been compromised. They are advised that they are to make an appointment at their local branch with a specific person, in most cases a ‘James Pattison.’ They are directed to go into the bank and speak to no one, that this ‘James Pattison’ will approach them and “help them out.”
Please be weary of any calls from financial institutions that require you to provide personal information over the phone or request you do something that seems out of the norm.  A good rule of thumb is to call your credit card company or bank using the number found on the back of your card to determine if your card has been compromised or not.
At this time the Barrie Police Service has not had any reports of persons who have fallen victim to this fraud. For more information on how to protect yourself from phone scams or other financial frauds, check out the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center resources HERE and take a look at The Little Black Book of Scams.

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Do you own a heritage property in Barrie? If yes then the property may be eligible for a grant to cover 50 per cent of renovation work, up to $25,000 per property.
The City is accepting applications for renovation grants through the Built Boundary Community Improvement Plan (CIP). Anyone who owns a property located in the Urban Growth Centre or who owns property listed on the Municipal Heritage Register can apply for the grant.
The renovation grant program was created to encourage improvement, restoration and adaptive re-use of historic homes and existing buildings in the Urban Growth Centre. It is one of two financial incentives offered through the City’s Built Boundary CIP program. In 2017, the program funded 14 grants for a total of $303,096. This year, the total available funding amount is $340,000, which is shared between renovation and redevelopment grants.
An information session will be held tomorrow July 18 for anyone looking for application support. The session will take place in the City Hall Rotunda (70 Collier Street) from 4-7 p.m. Renovation grant applications are being accepted until Aug. 3. Redevelopment grant applications are accepted year-round. For more information on these grants please visit ‘Financial Incentives’ via www.barrie.ca/Planning.

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A couple of upcoming events around the region will showcase the business talents of student entrepreneurs as they launch their summer businesses.
Entrepreneurs from the Small Business Centre, YMCA, College Boreal and Nottawasaga Futures will highlight their businesses and test the market for their products and services at the Staples Summer Company Event, scheduled July 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Staples Barrie North (561 Bayfield Street) and Staples Barrie South (36 Barrie View Drive). Customers will receive a 10 per cent discount on their purchase at Staples during the event.
Also, more than 30 young entrepreneurs from across Simcoe County will showcase their new businesses, network with other entrepreneurs, and meet members of the community at the Summer Company Launch, Wednesday, July 11 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Southshore Community Centre, 205 Lakeshore Drive.
This provincial program provides aspiring student entrepreneurs with business training and mentorship in addition to grant funding of up to $3,000 to start and run their own summer business. The Small Business Centre delivers the Summer Company as part of the Province’s ONE Network for entrepreneurs.
For more information about both events, visit barriebusinesscentre.ca/events/

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Police seek suspects in armed robbery

July 3, 2018 Police roundup

Barrie police continue to investigate an armed robbery of a gas station convenience store, Friday. They seek the public’s assistance in identifying four suspects. Friday morning, just after 2 a.m., four suspects entered the Circle K Esso Gas Station at 99 Mapleview Drive, East. One suspect had been armed with a handgun and the second […]

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Fast Track reduces permit wait time: City

July 3, 2018 municipal news

The City says its Fast Track program is decreasing the time it takes for residents and business owners to receive building permits. Nearly half of shed, pool fence, deck, plumbing and second suite permit applications received since last September have qualified for the Fast Track program. “We’re continually refining our processes so residents can make […]

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Beat the heat on Canada Day weekend

June 28, 2018 municipal news

The Canada Day long weekend is bringing fireworks and the downtown Promenade Days to Barrie, along with an extended spell of very hot weather. City officials are reminding residents to stay cool in the heat, and that public activities planned for Canada Day and Promenade Days will proceed. However, due to the extreme heat the City […]

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Barrie police chief reacts to SIU review

June 28, 2018 municipal news

Barrie police chief Kimberley Greenwood held a press conference Tuesday to deliver this message relating to the death of a 32-year-old man, identified as Olando Brown, whose death is now being looked into by the province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU). “On Friday June 22, 2018 the Barrie Service was involved in an incident with a 32 year old […]

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Canada Day weekend in Barrie features fireworks and Promenade Days

June 27, 2018 arts and entertainment

What goes well with Canada Day in Barrie? An annual downtown shopping and music festival that sees the city core closed to traffic and turned into a pedestrian mall. The City is throwing a Canada Day party in conjunction with downtown’s Promenade Days. The event features family activities and vendors in Heritage Park as well as […]

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City lifeguards mark summer beach season

June 27, 2018 Municipal election

Barrie lifeguards take up position on the city’s main beaches, as another summer season kicks in. They will be perched atop their lookouts at Centennial and Johnson’s beaches starting Friday, June 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Signs will be posted to note when lifeguards are on duty and buoy lines will […]

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SIU steps in to investigate death

June 25, 2018 Police roundup

The province’s Special Investigations Unit is looking into the death of a 32-year-old man who passed away after going into medical distress during booking, police report. On Friday, June 22, at about 2:30 p.m. the man was arrested by Barrie police. He was transported to the police station where “during booking he went into medical […]

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Charges flow from water theft

June 22, 2018 municipal news

A Barrie man, 40, is facing charges of impaired driving, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and theft under $5,000, police report. On Thursday, May 31, police received a 911 call reporting an impaired driver who had been travelling eastbound into Barrie on Dunlop Street. The water truck had been travelling in excess speeds and […]

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Environmental depot wants your mercury

June 22, 2018 municipal news

Barrie residents are being encouraged to bring items containing mercury to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot (HHWD). The program is designed to divert a potent toxic chemical, liquid mercury, from the waste stream. In partnership with Scout Environmental, and with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Barrie has become one of the first municipalities to launch […]

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Cenotaph ceremony opens Meridian Place

June 18, 2018 municipal news

The curtain rises on Memorial Square & Meridian Place, with the official opening set for June 29. Now ten times larger, the square allows for larger ceremonial events. The cenotaph has also been relocated to make it the central focus of the square. Meridian Place is a multi-use public space that connects the downtown with Barrie’s waterfront. […]

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Barrie police seek girl’s whereabouts

June 18, 2018 Police roundup

Barrie police seek the public’s assistance in locating Shannon Gadon Krienke, 17, missing from her Barrie residence since Monday, June 4. Intermittent contact through her Facebook account has been made, however investigators are not satisfied and remain concerned for Shannon’s well being. It is believed she may be in the French River, Sudbury or North Bay […]

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Police seek witnesses to shooting

June 4, 2018 Police roundup

Witnesses to a shooting in Barrie continue to be sought by police in an effort to identify suspects. On Sunday, June 3, police responded to reports of a shooting just after 4 p.m. outside an apartment complex, located at 90 Edgehill Drive. Prior to police arriving all involved persons fled the area in a motor […]

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City continues Allandale archaeology study

June 1, 2018 municipal news

A Stage 4 archaeology study on the Allandale Station lands is due to begin June 4, as the City partners with the various Williams Treaty First Nation communities and the Huron-Wendat Nation. It’s anticipated the field work will take about 24 weeks to complete. “The City of Barrie remains committed to engaging with the appropriate First Nations […]

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Police members run for Special Olympics

June 1, 2018 Police roundup

Members of the Barrie Police Service will be participating in the Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run in support of Special Olympics. Runners will be joined by Special Olympians and the torch, departing Barrie Police Headquarters and running the route to St. Vincent Square Park. The run is set for Wednesday, June 20 with the warm up 9:45 […]

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Barrie hosts inaugural photo festival

June 1, 2018 arts and entertainment

The vistas and locales of Simcoe County will be showcased throughout June as the City of Barrie partners with The Focus on Simcoe Photography Festival. The City is hosting a featured exhibit entitled ‘This Was There Then’ in Barrie’s downtown, highlighting images from the city’s past. “The City of Barrie is proud to partner with the […]

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