Barrie homicide investigators have issued an arrest warrant for a male suspect in relation to a shooting incident in the city.
Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Max Cameron Pritchett, 21, in relation to a shooting that took place on Sunday, Aug. 13 in the area of Mulcaster Street and Lakeshore Drive in the City of Barrie.
He is described as male, 5’8”, 142 lbs, medium build, brown hair and blue eyes.
Pritchett, say police, should be considered armed and dangerous. If seen, he is not to be approached and police should be contacted immediately by calling 9-1-1.
Investigators are seeking the identity of a second suspect who they believe was involved in the incident, and he is described as a white male, 5’7” – 5’10” and wearing a red “Blue Jays” baseball hat, red t-shirt, red pants and white shoes.
This suspect should also be considered armed and dangerous. If  is seen, he is not to be approached and police should be contacted immediately by calling 9-1-1.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of these two suspects or this investigation is asked to contact the Barrie Police Homicide Unit at (705) 725-7025, ext. 2160, or to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.tipsubmit.com.

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Emma Allison, Hannah Sedore, Ainsleigh Sedore, Mackenna King, Madeline Johnson and Ben McEwen are among the 11 participants who joined the PSI training program three years ago with the dream of playing soccer at the post-secondary level.
“PSI helped me build my passion for the game,” said 18-year-old Hannah Sedore, who is heading to the University of Waterloo for health sciences. She couldn’t imagine how she’d handle university without soccer – and it’s a plus she and her twin sister both got a spot on the team.
“Soccer is a part of my life that takes stress away,” she said.
Long-time former Barrie Soccer Club technical director Ray Wright started the program in 2014 and brought some of the area’s best-respected coaches to his team. McEwen, 18, enjoys the PSI coaching.
“I like Ray’s style. He’s calm with the ball and likes to keep it. He’s demanding too,” said McEwen, who is heading to Trent University in September to study kinesiology.
PSI coaches have not only assessed each player, but inspired each one to reach their peak.
“The players have worked hard to improve their technical ability, game and position understanding,” Wright said of the players who have been offered roster spots at their chosen schools.
The soccer stars were quick to say what a difference the PSI coaches have made.
“Ever since I was little, (coach) Ray has been the one who’s taught me so many things. He’s made such a difference in my playing years with Barrie as a rep player,” said Mackenna, who will be 18 in August before she heads to Cape Breton University.
That’s high praise coming from Mackenna who hopes to be a coach one day, after she completes her physical activity leadership studies.
“We believe that hard work pays off – and these young athletes prove it and inspire our younger players, just as these athletes themselves were inspired by those who have earned a spot on their chosen school’s roster,” added Wright.
He recalled one of last year’s athletic scholars. Ryan Marchan was just named captain of his team as he enters his second year at Algoma University.
Ainsleigh Sedore added Wright makes the game easy to understand and he and his team inspire each player to dream and to work hard.
“When the university coaches started responding and providing info and showing interest in me, it was really rewarding,” said Ainsleigh Sedore.
Students from Barrie, Innisfil, Orillia and Erin starred on the field at American and Canadian showcase events and university recruitment camps this winter and spring.
“It is inspiring for our coaches to see first-hand how each player grows not just in his or her technical knowledge and foot skills, but also in his or her passion for the game and as a person who respects teamwork,” said Wright.
Allison is going to Carleton University and Johnson to Cape Breton University.

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Barrie police are investigating a robbery reported Thursday at the Petro Canada on Blake Street.
Police report that two individuals entered the store dressed in all black with hoods up and their faces covered. Both suspects carried backpacks and one had a black paintball gun in-hand. The suspect with the paintball gun demanded the small amount of money available from the cash register while the second collected various cigarette packages, police report.
The two suspects were reported fleeing westbound from the store and continued north out of sight. Barrie Police K9 Unit attended and followed a track collecting evidence in relation to the robbery but were unable to locate the suspects. The victim did not sustain any physically injuries during the incident.
Police are continuing their investigation and ask anyone who may have information to please contact Barrie Police Service-Criminal Investigative Division at 705-725-7025 ext. 2129. Any information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.tipsubmit.com.

In other police news:

Barrie city police continue to look for a male who wanted after an early morning robbery where a good Samaritan entered the store during the robbery and assisted calling 9-1-1 for the employee.
On Friday, July 14th, at 1:40 a.m. a single male suspect entered the Mac’s Convenience at 149 Dunlop Street East, in the City of Barrie, and demanded money while threatening the employee, police report. While the robbery was taking place, a second male entered the store to purchase items.
The employee being robbed was able to communicate undetected what was conspiring and the citizen jumped into action and called 911. He was confronted momentarily by the suspect who was suspicious of what he was doing on his cell phone, but the witness was able to deflect and leave the store with his purchases, police report.
He stayed on the phone with dispatchers while keeping an eye on the inside of the store.  The employee was also able to press multiple hold up alarms to alert Mac’s Securities of the incident. The suspect quickly collected a small amount of cash and exited the store travelling south on Mulcaster Street and disappearing out of sight of the witness. The victim did not sustain any physically injuries during the incident.

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The Women & Children’s Centre of Barrie is holding its 8th annual Walk a Mile in her Shoes, a fund and awareness raising event scheduled for Saturday, July 8 at Heritage Park.
Prizes will be award to top individual fundraiser, top team fundraiser, best dressed individual, most spirited team, and most spirited youth team.
For more information, click here or call 705-792-2188.

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Barrie city police arrested and charged three motorists with impaired driving charges on Thursday, between 6:10 and 11:45 p.m. The ages of the drivers ranged from 26 to 66.
Around 6:10 p.m. Thursday, police received multiple calls after a vehicle travelling eastbound on Lakeshore Drive suddenly accelerated and drove over a centre median, across oncoming traffic, through a chain link fence slamming into the side of a building. Upon arrival, police report, the driver was arrested for impaired driving and was transported to Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre for treatment of injuries sustained in the incident.
Extensive damage was reported to the fence, the truck and a building on the GO Transit property.
Later that day, at 10:40 p.m., police report receiving a call from a concerned citizen who said she was being followed by a suspicious vehicle from Wasaga Beach into Barrie. The vehicle was stopped on Big Point Road while still following the complainant, police report. While investigating the intent of the driver, police suspected he was under the influence of alcohol while driving his motor vehicle.
A roadside test was administered with the male blowing a fail. He was transported to the police station for further breath samples. The male, 26, was charged with Blood Alcohol Over 80mgs and will be in a Barrie court in mid-July.
Just before midnight, police report, an officer was driving to a non-related call when a vehicle exited a private drive, almost causing a collision with the police car. The officer observed the vehicle did not have lights on, police report. The vehicle was stopped as it pulled into a gas station, where the driver told police he was going to buy cigarettes.
The officer suspected the driver had been consuming alcohol and a roadside test was administered with the male blowing a fail. The man, 35, has been charged with Blood Alcohol Over 80mgs as well as Fail to Yield from Driveway and Fail to Surrender Drivers Licence contrary to the Highway Traffic Act.

In other police news:

• The Barrie Police Community Response Unit (CRU) has recently been working with concerned citizens in the area of High Street, as an increased concern for possible prostitution and drug activity was brought to the attention of the police.
On Wednesday, July 5th, at 11:35 p.m., two officers were patrolling the area of High Street, between Dunlop Street West and Park Street, when they observed a vehicle parked, not running, on the side of the road with two occupants inside, police report. This was consistent with the complaints in the area.
As officers approached the vehicle, police report, the occupants rolled up the windows providing some resistance to conversation and later provided conflicting stories as to why they were in the area. The two males in the vehicle also provided false identities to police on initial interaction, police report.  A third male approached officers while they were speaking to two males, advising he was the driver and responsible for the vehicle.
At this time officers observed one male suspiciously reaching for an item inside the vehicle which was wrapped in clear plastic, consistent with how illegal narcotics are often packaged.  All three males were placed under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance and removed from the vehicle.
Drugs and a fully loaded handgun were seized, as well as a quantity of cash. Weapons and drug charges were laid against three men. For more on this, click here.

• On Tuesday, July 4, Barrie police arrested a male for being impaired by drugs after he fled the scene of a collision involving another vehicle.
Police report receiving a call in regards to a collision involving two vehicles on Mapleview Drive West and Bryne Drive. One driver was observed trying to stuff the deployed airbag back into the steering wheel while attempting to flee the scene. The vehicle, police say, had severe front end damage with fluid leaking as he drove towards the 400 highway ramp.  The vehicle did not make it far, stopping before the male was able to get to the highway.
When police arrived, they found him unconscious at the wheel. Police immediately arrested the male for operating a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs and upon arresting him located drug paraphernalia on the seat beside him. It was also learned the accused had two previous driving suspensions and was bound by an undertaking to not consume drugs or alcohol.
The man, 33, was cleared medically at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre and then transported to the Barrie station to be held for a bail hearing for the following charges: Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle, Fail to Stop at Scene of Accident, Fail to Comply with Undertaking, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Drive While Under Suspension x 2.

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The renowned Snowbirds are in town for a free air show today, and they have brought a special guest with them: a CF-18 Hornet, Canada’s frontline fighter jet.
The Hornet has undergone a special transformation for 2017 to honour the RCAF and Canadian Armed Forces as a part of Canada’s history. Captain Matthew Kutryk, pilot for the 2017 CF-18 demo team, will pilot the plane, wowing audiences with incredible speed and aerial maneuvers.
The City of Barrie is excited to kick off Canada 150 celebrations with a thrilling aerobatic display over Kempenfelt Bay. This show will feature the Canadian Forces SnowbirdsCF-18 Demonstration Team, and the Great War Flying Museum.
The welcome address will begin at 5:30 p.m. from Heritage Park. Tune into 87.9 FM from anywhere around the waterfront. Pre-show activities at Heritage Park are on from 1–9 p.m.
Canadian Forces Base Borden will be set-up at Heritage Park from 1-9 p.m. with military displays and the ever popular kiddie commando course. Families can also enjoy the Promenade Days midway. For the safety of the public and the air show participants, water-based activities west of Minet’s Point Park and Johnson’s Beach will be restricted from 4-8 p.m. including kayaking, swimming, SUPing, and more.
The best locations to view the show will be Heritage Park, Allandale Station Park, or any of the small parks along the north and south shores of Kempenfelt Bay.
In order to ensure the safety of both the public and the air show participants during this exciting event, the following water restrictions will be in place:
• A safety line will be placed in the water from Johnson’s Beach to Minet’s Point Park from 4 p.m. until the show ends, which will be enforced by the Barrie Police and their service partners on Lake Simcoe.
• Public viewing by boat will be to the east of the line.
• West of the line, boats and water-based activities (including kayaking, canoeing and SUPing) will be restricted starting at 4 p.m.
• Barrie Marina and Tiffin boat launches
will be closed for the entire day. Boaters are encouraged to use nearby public launches, including Innisfil and Orillia.
Barrie Transit is offering a FREE park ‘n ride from Allandale Rec Centre to get you down to the Air Show! Between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., you can park at Allandale Rec Centre and board the 3A bus from stop #2 located behind the Centre. You can get off at the Allandale GO Station or the Downtown Transit Terminal, both just a short walk to the recommended viewing areas along the waterfront.
Transfers for your return trip will be issued upon boarding and will be valid until end of service! For more information, visit www.barrie.ca/transitnotices.
Festivities will continue throughout the Canada Day weekend with live entertainment, family activities, and fireworks in partnership with Promenade Days.

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The Canada Day weekend in Barrie will bring a number of festivities and celebrations with it, and also a number of impacted municipal services.

Barrie Transit
Barrie Transit will run Regular Sunday Service on July 1. The last buses will not leave the downtown Barrie bus terminal until after the firework display (approx. 11 p.m). On Monday, July 3, transit will operate on its regular schedule.
Barrie Transit is offering free transportation from Allandale Recreation Centre and Bayfield Mall for the Air Show starting at 1 p.m. (June 28) and all-day Canada Day (July 1). For more information including hours and stop details visit www.barrie.ca/TransitNotices.

Curbside Collection
There will be no change to the collection schedule for garbage, organics, recycling, and yard waste during the week following the Canada Day holiday. Materials must always be curbside by 7 a.m. on your collection day (www.barrie.ca/CurbsideCollection). The Environmental Centre will be closed on Saturday, July 1 and will reopen on Tuesday, July 4. The landfill site is closed to the public every Sunday and Monday.

Parking
Downtown parking (on-street and lots) is free on all statutory holidays. Waterfront parking is enforced 24/7/365. Residents must display their permits and visitors are required to pay $3 per hour with a daily maximum of $15 (www.barrie.ca/parking).

Recreation Centres
All recreation centres are closed on Canada Day, July 1. All recreation centres will be open on Sunday, July 2 and Monday, July 3. To view the Drop-In schedules, visit www.barrie.ca/DropIns.

City Hall
Barrie City Hall will be closed on Monday, July 3.

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The 22nd edition of the venerable Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival celebrates Father’s Day with a gift of music in downtown Barrie under the tent at Heritage Park.
The day includes a tribute to Muddy Waters featuring the Jack de Keyser Band playing ‘Muddy Waters Live at Newport 1960.’ Fans of the blues are sure to enjoy this show as not only does it feature the songs and sounds of Muddy Waters, it also brings the talents of Jack De Keyser to the shores of Kempenfelt Bay.
A Maple Blues and Juno awards winner, de Keyser is one of the preeminent bluesmen playing the Canadian stage today.
The band is scheduled to take to the stage at 6:30. Preceding him is a show featuring Cliff Stevens, playing ‘Slowhand at 70, Eric Clapton Live at the Royal Albert Hall.’ At 2:30 the Lorne Lofsky Trio plays, at 1:00 it’s Mike Branton and at 11 a.m., it’s the Big Tent Revival Meeting.
The Joe Huron Trio with Pat LaBarbera is on hand at the Brewery Bay Food Co., and Aura plays Canvas and Cabernet at 2:00
For the concert calendar, click here.

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Michael Prowse is set to become Barrie’s next chief administrative officer (CAO), effective July 1.
Prowse has 21 years of management experience in the private sector, leading to his current role as an executive with G&K Services Canada Inc., overseeing eight corporate facilities and more than 350 personnel, with direct responsibility for strategic planning and all operational matters from staffing to health and safety.
In 2016 and again in 2017, he was recognized by G&K as the top general manager in North America; in part for driving innovative improvements to service and reducing staff turnover. His more than two decades of experience spans HR, corporate infrastructure, project management, labour relations, and budgets.
“Michael brings a commitment to innovation, city-building, and the strategic direction of council to the role of CAO,” Mayor Jeff Lehman says.
“His blend of executive management experience in the private sector, commitment to building and supporting strong staff teams, and his love for Barrie will serve our community well as we continue with the excellent work underway by our executive management team to make the City of Barrie a leading municipality.”
Prowse served residents of Ward 6 as city councillor for more than 13 years.
“I have called Barrie home for more than two decades and I am passionate about the city,” he says. “Barrie is becoming one of Canada’s top cities and I am happy to be part of its next phase of growth. I am excited to get to work with the exceptional team of staff to deliver on council’s vision for our city.”
He took a leave of absence from Council to pursue the role of CAO. He has resigned as councillor, and his seat will be declared vacant.

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“It is widely recognized that this reduction in senior poverty rates over the second half of the 20th century is one of Canada’s social policy successes. At that time we were leading the world, in international comparisons, in how well our seniors were doing – we accomplished an amazing thing. But it seems we have become a little complacent and have let it slide. Senior poverty rates started going back up … in B.C., and I’m pretty sure it’s the same across the country.” – Iglika Ivanova

by John Devine

What does senior poverty in Canada look like? Well, according to a recent report, it’s increasingly the image of an elderly woman living alone without adequate retirement income and other supports to sustain a comfortable lifestyle.
The report, Poverty and Inequality Among British Columbia’s Seniors, from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) uses data from Statistics Canada to detail rising poverty rates in that province, numbers that are likely applicable across the country according to its author, Iglika Ivanova.
“People who work (in this field) know that single senior women are at a very high risk of living in poverty. One in three single senior women living alone … are at risk of poverty. That’s something we know,” Ivanova, a senior economist with CCPA-BC, told ARIA during a recent conversation.
This wasn’t always the case. One of Canada’s great social policy success stories was the reduction of senior poverty rates from 30 per cent in the mid-70s to just 2.2 per cent in 1996, a reduction driven, says Ivanova, by the introduction of public income supports, notable Old Age Security (OAS) and the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS).
Today, the poverty rate has jumped to 12.7 per cent (2014 numbers), a rate that soars to 33.8 per cent among single senior women, the report relates.
A policy decision was made in the 1960s to address senior poverty, leading to the introduction of the OAS, GIS and the Canada Pension Plan (CPP), all instrumental in improving the lives of seniors, says Ivanova.
“It is widely recognized that this reduction in senior poverty rates over the second half of the 20th century is one of Canada’s social policy successes. At that time we were leading the world, in international comparisons, in how well our seniors were doing – we accomplished an amazing thing.
“But it seems we have become a little complacent and have let it slide. Senior poverty rates started going back up … in B.C., and I’m pretty sure it’s the same across the country.”
The study looks at economic insecurity among seniors, and also how wealth and income are distributed in that age group, which Ivanova identifies as 65-plus.
“We know that in the broader population there is very deep wealth and income inequality and we wanted to see if the same is true among seniors,” she says, adding that additional measures of economic insecurity were studied, including housing, inability to afford prescription medication, food insecurity, access to home care and other supports, to get a fuller view of senior poverty than one simply tied to the poverty line.
In Canada, that official poverty line, according to Statistics Canada’s Low Income Measure, is below $21,773, after tax, for singles and $30,792 for families.
And while a senior in Canada is less likely to have a very low income that places him/her below the poverty line, because of OAS/GIS income supports, an alarming 44 per cent of single seniors cluster just above the poverty line, compared to 17 per cent of working-age singles in that income bracket.
“This suggests that many single seniors have little income above the basic public pension provided by OAS/GIS and a modest CPP,” Ivanova writes in the report.
While technically not living in poverty, many seniors are at risk of dropping below the poverty line if their expenses, including housing and healthcare, increase.
“There is evidence that in B.C. a lot of seniors can’t afford prescription medications because we changed our provincial pharmacare plan in 2003 … the old one used to be aged-based, and now it is income-tested. But it has considerable deductibles and co-payments, even for very low incomes,” says Ivanova.
“So people who have a lot of medications and a lot of health needs face many out-of-pocket payments and deductibles.”
Seniors living just above the poverty line are missed in policy debates about the provision of adequate retirement income, with the focus mainly on those below the official income measurement. And, says Ivanova, the clustering around the poverty line is something not seen among working-age singles, or seniors not living alone.
“I think it is very important because if you have programs for people who live below the poverty line, they are going to miss a large number of people who are struggling and who are just above the poverty line.”
Research shows pay inequity that impacts women while working follows them into retirement. All Canadians receive OAS and GIS if eligible, but pension income, including CPP, is connected to years worked, and women are at a disadvantage here, says Ivanova.
“About the same number of men and women are eligible to receive income from the CPP, but the amount of income they receive is very different. Women get about 21 per cent less than men from CPP and that’s directly a reflection of the fact that women face a gender pay gap when they are working.”
As well as a pay gap, women are more likely to take time off from work to care for family, and that impacts how many pensionable years they accumulate.
“And if you look at private savings, because women earn so much less than men, they are less able to save for retirement. If you look at access to employer-sponsored pension plans and RRSP income, you see that women get about 45 per cent less than men.
“That’s why you see inequality in retirement income, because of inequality in the workforce … and that’s a problem because even though the gender wage gap has been reduced, we still have a very big gap in Canada.”
The availability of affordable housing also factors in the equation when exploring senior poverty rates. It’s a common assumption, says Ivanova, that seniors own their homes, and while many of them do about one in five seniors B.C. are renters, and across Canada it’s slightly more.
“Among seniors who rent, they really struggle with the housing market, especially in expensive places like B.C. If you look at CHMC’s core housing need … if you pay more than 30 per cent of your family income for your housing, that’s considered being in core housing need.”
Among senior renters in B.C., 42 per cent are in core housing need, says Ivanova. And if seniors have special needs, such as mobility issues, the lack of affordable and suitable housing becomes more of a concern.
As well as identify the problems, the report also suggests solutions:
• the introduction of a poverty reduction plan
• more home and community care
• reducing retirement income insecurity by further enhancing the CPP and other income supports for low-income seniors
• tackling income and gender inequality across all generations.
• developing more affordable housing
• launching a universal pharmacare program.
Without policy action, senior poverty rates are set to worsen as the boomer generation moves into the retirement years, says Ivanova.
“If we don’t address these issues, then women are going to continue to earn less and have less pensionable income, and then when they are older they are going to be the low-income seniors. We need to stop this cycle.”

This story originally appeared on ARIA (Alliance for Adequate Retirement Income)

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Work set to begin on Memorial Square

May 30, 2017 municipal news

The city has announced that work on the reconstruction of Memorial Square & Meridian Place will begin Thursday, June 1. The work will result in Fred Grant Street being permanently closed, to be replaced with wide, sloped avenues for pedestrians along each side of Memorial Square, which will create a continuous link with Heritage Park. […]

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Follow the money on climate change

January 18, 2017 The not so golden years

Investors and owners fuel change towards low carbon future “The first two are new technologies and new players. Those are the disruptors again, the real disruptors. They are making renewable energy sources much more viable, and we are already seeing that in better battery storage, in better and cheaper electric cars, all of which will […]

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City plows start to clear side streets

January 5, 2017 municipal news

Residents living on what are called secondary routes, essentially residential streets, should be getting some relief from snow-covered roads. The City of Barrie started to send out residential snow plows at midnight, Wednesday (when the overnight on-street parking ban came into effect), to clear slush and snow from residential streets. With the warmer temperatures, the […]

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Barrie police seek home invasion suspects

January 5, 2017 Police roundup

Barrie police seek three suspects in regards to a home invasion, Tues., Jan. 3, in which, police say, three people forced their way into a city residence. Police report that the complainant called then shortly after 8:10 p.m. to say a female and two males rang her doorbell, then forced their way past her into […]

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Investigation results in assault charge

January 5, 2017 Police roundup

The Barrie police K-9 unit helped in the location of the suspect sought in an incident at a Hock Shop, police report. Wednesday, a male disguised with a ski mask entered the shop on Maple Avenue, just after 7:15 p.m. Once inside, it’s alleged the suspect lunged at the employee and a physical altercation ensued. […]

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Mayor Jeff Lehman’s New Year’s Message

January 2, 2017 municipal news

Over the holidays, I’ve been going through my photos from the past year. With a little time to reflect on the year that was, and hoping to bring a bit of good news in a year with too many depressing headlines, I decided a top ten list was in order. Herewith, as we close out […]

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Snow removal hits downtown streets

December 29, 2016 municipal news

City road crews will be moving snow from downtown streets starting 10 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 29) to prepare the area for the Downtown Countdown on New Year’s Eve. This operation will involve road closures, which will be coordinated by city staff. All vehicles should be removed from metered parking in the impacted areas by 6 […]

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Barrie resident, 97, ‘terrified’ after break-in

December 29, 2016 municipal news

Following up on a call from a personal support worker, Barrie police arrived at a Sunnidale Road house to find its 97-year-old resident “in bed terrified and the house ransacked,” police report. Detectives believe the responsible person(s) entered around 4:45 a.m. by the breaching the rear door and window. Once inside, the house was ransacked […]

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Zara home again after adventurous night

December 29, 2016 municipal news

A lost pooch is home safe and sound Thursday after being found and rescued by Barrie police. City police were called to the area of Duckworth Street and Highway 400 after receiving a report of a dog on the loose in the area. One witness advised that the dog had been hit by a car […]

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Overdoses ‘nearly fatal,’ say Barrie police

December 26, 2016 Municipal election

Barrie city police and paramedics responded to three separate drug overdoses on Friday, over a three-hour window. Two of the overdoses, police report, resulted from ingesting prescription narcotics not intended for the user, and one was an individual attempting to manage pain by self medicating with heroin. “All three incidents proved nearly fatal,” police report. […]

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Thief taps into Barrie compound for kegs

December 22, 2016 municipal news

Barrie city police are investigating the theft of six large empty beer kegs from a gated compound at the rear of Jack Astor’s Bar and Grill on Mapleview Drive West. On Monday, Dec. 19, just after 4 a.m., a suspect gained entry to the compound and made off with the kegs in an unknown vehicle. […]

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Sloan rings in the Barrie new year

December 21, 2016 arts and entertainment

Sloan will headline the City’s 19th annual Downtown Countdown event on New Year’s Eve. “In partnership with Rock 95 and 107.5 Kool FM, the City of Barrie is excited to welcome Canadian rock band Sloan to headline the Downtown Countdown,” Arin Donnelly, Community Event Coordinator, is quoted saying. “Sloan has been nominated for nine Juno […]

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Foodie program sprouts in Barrie

December 21, 2016 municipal news

The City of Barrie has partnered with Georgian College and the Agri-Food Management Institute to offer a new business development program for food entrepreneurs, called SPROUT. Registration is now open for course, which will run for 12 weeks starting in March 2017. “Food businesses represent a high proportion of small businesses in our city,” Zvi […]

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Police seek suspects in assault

December 21, 2016 Police roundup

Barrie city police continue to investigate the assault of a 56-year-old Barrie man, in the downtown core on Saturday night. Police received a call after concerned citizens assisted a victim of a robbery to the bus terminal after a seemingly unprovoked attack, police report. Shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday, the victim, police report, was walking […]

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PSI offers Grassroots Soccer Program

November 21, 2016 municipal news

Premier Soccer Institute (PSI), a Barrie-based soccer development academy, is planning a Grassroots Soccer Program starting Spring 2017 for players within the U3-U8 ages. “The institute establishes a high-level performance environment for players and coaches to achieve and nurture excellence and operates on the foundation of ‘nothing without great effort’ and correspondingly, students who participate […]

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