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 Downtown Countdown,” Arin Donnelly, Community Event Coordinator, says. “With classic tunes like ‘Go for Soda’ and ‘Patio Lanterns’, his show in Barrie on New Year’s Eve will have us all singing along to his greatest hits.”
The rocker has three JUNO Awards and has earned gold and multi-platinum status over his career, from his time as leader of Canadian rock band Max Webster in the 70s to a long and successful solo career.
This year’s event will also include a special tribute to The Tragically Hip from leading tribute act, Practically Hip. Since 1997, Practically Hip has been wowing their audiences with a passionate and high energy show featuring The Hip’s beloved hits.
As in previous years, the City of Barrie invites bands from Barrie and area to submit for the opportunity to perform on the Downtown Countdown stage. From over 40 submissions this year, Rue Bella has been selected to perform their genre-bending alternative rock. Rue Bella won Rock 95’s Local & Loud 2016 competition, going on to play legendary venues like The Horseshoe Tavern and Lee’s Palace, and opening for arena acts such as The Trews and Finger Eleven. They just released their first full-length album ‘Flirt with the Dirt’, produced by John-Angus MacDonald of The Trews.
The line-up also features entertainment for the younger crowd with Juno Award nominee and Canadian Folk Music Award winner, Chris McKhool. Joining Chris onstage will be members of multi-award-winning Sultans of String.
This year’s free celebration will also include skating on the City Hall rink, horse-drawn wagon rides, roaming performers, fun family activities, and two fireworks displays. The festivities get underway starting at 6 p.m. To stay up-to-date on event details including transit and parking, visit www.barrie.ca/DowntownCountdown.

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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 report, the organization is launching a community-based research tour called Driving WinTech. The tour will stop in Barrie Tuesday night with an event taking place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Suiteworks Business Centre, 92 Captain Ave. N. This event will be moderated by the City’s Director of Creative Economy, Karen Dubeau.
“We’re pleased to partner with WinTech on this exciting research,” said Dubeau. “The results will help us to better understand how we can get more women interested in the tech industry in our community.”
The Driving WinTech tour will be stopping in over 30 cities across the country, reaching over 2,500 participants and 10,000 stakeholders, through 50 community conversations lead by expert panelists. The findings from the tour will be shared back with the partner organizations.
For more information on the event, click here.

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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 Council, the Small Business Centre and Entrepreneur Artists Resource Network.
It is scheduled to run weekly sessions at Georgian College, 1 Georgian Drive from Nov. 14 to Feb. 27. The deadline for applications is Monday, Sept. 25.
The program includes weekly classes, assignments, mentorships and a final presentation and expo over a 14-week period. It primarily serves Barrie and Simcoe County based artists, arts groups and arts businesses working in all creative disciplines such as, though not limited to, visual arts, dance, theatre, film, music, jewelry, fashion, graphic design, gaming and augmented reality.
Sessions are hands-on and will range in format from lectures to peer-to-peer workshops. For more information on the program, or to apply online visit,www.barrie.ca/Artrepreneur.

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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 her name will not be released at the request of the family.

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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 was a body in the pond. Police arrived to conduct a ground search, and after a short time officers located a deceased body, believed to be female, with obvious signs of decomposition.
Detectives are currently in the initial stages of the investigation and a heavy police presence will be in seen in the area of Victoria Street, Vespra Street and John Street while the area is being processed. At this time the female’s identity is currently unknown however this incident is not thought to be related to any other ongoing missing person investigations with the Barrie Police Service.
A forensic post mortem will be conducted to determine cause of death and investigators are working closely with the local coroner and forensic anthropologists from the Center of Forensic Sciences in Toronto.
Police are continuing their investigation at this time and wish for anyone who may have information to please contact Barrie Police Service Homicide Unit at 705-725-7025 ext. 2160. Any information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.tipsubmit.com

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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 Ammunition, Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking-Cocaine and is scheduled to appear before an Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on Monday, Aug. 28. For more, click here.

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Emergency crews responded to a fire in a boat on Sunday near the Tiffin boat launch, police report.
At about 1:50 p.m., Barrie Police Marine 1 arrived at the scene and assisted the people off the vessel and out of the water where they had jumped in for safety, police report. Marine 1 used the fire pump to extinguish the fire as the two fire extinguishers the boaters had on board the vessel were used unsuccessfully to fully extinguish.
Investigation revealed the male was cooking within the cabin of his boat and he attempted to refuel his stove causing a fire to erupt, policer report. The boat was towed back to shore where it was assessed by Barrie Fire & Emergency Services. Ambulance personnel assessed the occupants of the boat however no injuries sustained.
The boat was inspected by Marine officers and it was found to be operating with all its safety equipment. The fire was determined be accidental.
The occupants of the boat, as well as witnesses, reacted appropriately and had the necessary equipment on board to ensure the fire was kept at bay until emergency services arrived, police report.
Boaters are reminded that all personal watercraft as well as sail and power boats require fire extinguishers aboard. More information on the requirements can be found in the Transport Canada- Safe Boaters Guide.

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Work is proceeding on the new Barrie-Simcoe County Emergency Services Campus (BSESC), and once completed it will be home to the Barrie Police Service, County of Simcoe Paramedic Services and Barrie Fire and Emergency Service dispatch communications.
The campus is being located at 110 Fairview Road, a location chosen for its central location, key to maintaining emergency service response times as Barrie’s borders expand. The site is also large enough to support future growth, and is being designed with the flexibility to accommodate the community’s needs for the next 25 years, municipal leaders say.
“As Barrie continues to grow, we must find new and innovative ways to deliver services. This emergency services campus presents a unique opportunity to rethink and redefine how these services are delivered to our residents,” says Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman.
“Council and staff worked hard to explore all options and ensure that the campus meets the needs of our growing community and will deliver emergency services at the best value to residents today and for years to come.”
To try and reduce costs and minimize debt, the project is planned with a phased approach with the police, fire and paramedic services components being constructed in the first phase, and the police and fire training facility components being deferred to a future date. Barrie Police Service will retain their current location of 79 Bell Farm Road for training purposes and Barrie firefighters will continue training at their Saunders Road location.
Combining these services in one location is expected to save about $15 million in capital costs plus an estimated $370,000 annually in operations and maintenance costs compared to standalone facilities. The total project budget for Phase 1 is $103 million.
Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2018, with early site preparations beginning in late fall 2017. It is anticipated the facility will be complete and operational by 2020. A community information session is being planned for September. For more information, visit www.barrie.ca/EmergencyCampus.

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Barrie homicide investigators have arrested and charged the second suspect in the shooting that took place on Sunday, Aug. 13, in the area of Mulcaster Street and Lakeshore Drive.
Dylan Brown, 24, who was wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant for Attempted Murder, was arrested by London Police Service on Monday, Aug. 21, police report. The Barrie Police Service has since taken custody of the suspect. He appeared before an Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on Tuesday and was remanded until August 28, 2017.
Further investigation has led to the arrest of 43-year-old Douglas Pritchett of Barrie, the father of Max Cameron Pritchett. The older man has been arrested and charged with Accessory After the Fact to Attempt Murder, Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking, Possession of a Prohibited Firearm with Ammunition, Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm and Careless Handling of a Firearm.
He is scheduled to appear before an Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on Tuesday, Aug. 28.
Investigators continue to seek the public’s assistance in locating Max Cameron Pritchett, 21. He should be considered armed and dangerous and is described as: male, white; 5’8″, 142 lbs, medium build, brown hair and blue eyes.
This investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Barrie Police Homicide Unit at (705)725-7025 ext. 2160, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), leave an anonymous tip online at www.tipsubmit.ca.

In other police news:

• Two men suffered non-life threatening injuries following a shooting Monday night on Hickling Trail, police report.
Investigators believe an altercation took place outside the residence just after 5 p.m., which left two men shot and one suspect outstanding. When police arrived a noxious smell had been coming from the garage, which prompted a response from Barrie Fire. The smell is believed to be an irritant consistent with bear spray or pepper spray, which may have been used during the altercation.
The investigation is ongoing and further details will be provided as they become available. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Barrie Police Homicide Unit at (705) 725-7025 ext. 2160, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.tipsubmit.ca.

• Barrie Police Marine Unit spotted some unruly and suspicious behaviour at Johnston’s Beach while on the patrol in the bay on Sunday evening and called for assistance from land officers to investigate further.
Just after 5:00 p.m., officers spotted two males who were visibly drinking alcohol and causing a disturbance, drawing attention from other people enjoying the beach area, police report.
The officers also observed one of the males holding a duck by its neck and taking a picture with it. Assistance was requested by officers on land to investigate the incident further and the Marine Unit floated close by keeping an eye on the pair. Patrons from the beach had also approached the males as their behaviour was inappropriate and unsettling, police report.
Upon police arrival the two males were located. The first male identified himself to police with a false last name and was subsequently arrested for Obstruct Peace Officer. Once his real name was confirmed, police learned he was wanted on multiple warrants from Thunder Bay as well as a condition not to consume alcohol from a previous recognizance, police report.
The Barrie man, 34, was charged with Obstruct Peace Officer, Cruelty to Animals and Fail to Comply with Recognizance. Police report the duck was not injured in the incident.

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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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Barrie soccer players score with universities

August 2, 2017 Local sports scene

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 […]

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Suspect armed with paintball gun: police

July 14, 2017 Police roundup

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 […]

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes on Saturday

July 7, 2017 municipal news

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 […]

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City police levy three impairs in one day

July 7, 2017 Police roundup

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 […]

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Air show kicks off 150 celebrations

June 28, 2017 municipal news

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 […]

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City services on Canada Day weekend

June 28, 2017 municipal news

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). […]

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Dad’s day under the tent at Blues Fest

June 18, 2017 arts and entertainment

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 […]

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Coun. Prowes becomes CEO Prowse

June 13, 2017 municipal news

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 […]

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Senior poverty rates on the rise, single senior women most vulnerable: report

May 30, 2017 City Scene Barrie backgrounders

“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 […]

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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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