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 in the victim’s pick-up truck. Within minutes of the incident being reported to police the vehicle had been observed traveling southbound on Highway 400. The vehicle was quickly stopped at the Mapleview Drive exit and the two suspects were taken into custody by police.
An 18-year-old Sudbury man has been charged with Robbery, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, Fail to Comply with Probation Order and numerous firearm related offences.
An 18-year-old Brampton man has been charged with Robbery, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, Carrying a Concealed Weapon and numerous firearm related offences.
Both men appeared in a Barrie bail court last Friday and were remanded into custody. They are scheduled for a second appearance on Wednesday.

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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 processes and tools that they are using and their experience supporting women experiencing trafficking.
Issues up for discussion are:
• The shelter will focus on trauma informed practice
• The Elizabeth Fry Society on trafficked women and tools to identify women and red flags
• The Huronia Transition Homes will speak about their dedicated shelter spaces for trafficked women and harm reduction
• The Barrie Native Friendship Centre will speak about their services for women.
A speaker’s panel will follow presentations at the end of the day for a question, answer and discussion time to identify gaps in service. Keynote speaker is Joie Red, author of Love Letters.

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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 R&B genres, as well as the panel discussion.
“The City of Barrie is thrilled to welcome two of Canada’s fines home-grown artists to our city for this unforgettable performance,” said Karen Dubeau, Director of the Creative Economy Department.
“Bringing together Digging Roots’ modern twist on traditional Indigenous music and Dione Taylor’s original songs inspired by the journeys of Black Canadians, this is a truly unique performance that reflects the history and diversity of Canada.”
Digging Roots features musical partners Raven Kanatakta and ShoShona Kish who have made Barrie their home since 2000. Their five-piece indie band brings global-blues infused songs and audience ‘round dances’ rooted in Indigenous tradition with modern aesthetics to their performances. While all three of their albums were nominated for a JUNO Award, the band won the JUNO for Aboriginal Album of the Year in 2010 for their album We Are.
Dione Taylor’s music focuses on telling stories about faith and perseverance, and educating listeners about the journeys of Black Canadians who followed the Underground Railroad to find freedom in Canada. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, the jazz singer-songwriter has performed across the United States, Canada and Asia for audiences that have included the President of the United States and Queen Elizabeth II.
Taylor’s first album, Open Your Eyes, was nominated for Vocal Jazz Album of the Year at the 2005 JUNO Awards. Taylor will team up with the Backsliderz to deliver a soulful and powerful performance.

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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.

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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 rights of this arena is a huge opportunity for a business that wants to stand out in our growing city and region,” Rebecca James-Reid, Executive Director of Access Barrie with the City. “Any company associating their name with the venue would benefit from a high level of visibility and exposure year-round.”
Well known with an established reputation as the region’s premier sports and entertainment venue, the arena is 110,000 sq. ft and home to the Barrie Colts (OHL team) and many other notable entertainment activities throughout the year such as concerts, trade shows and special events. It opened on Dec. 31, 1995 with seating for up to 5,000 and has an annual attendance of more than 300,000.
The arena sits on the northeast corner of Mapleview Drive and Bayview Drive, one of the busiest intersections in the city with a total 112,000 vehicles using the local roads each day. It’s visible to northbound traffic on Highway 400, which sees more than 14 million vehicles each year.
Interested parties are asked to contact Nora Gavarre, City of Barrie Business Development Officer, at nora.gavarre@barrie.ca, or call at 705-739-4220, ext. 4431 by March 1. For more information, please visit www.barrie.ca/BMC.


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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 a friend’s residence in Toronto to spend the weekend.
Police are concerned for her safety as she never arrived and has not contacted family or friends. It is out of the norm for her to leave her residence for this length of time without having contact with anyone.
She is described as: Female, white; 5’10”, medium build; blonde hair; green eyes. Driving black Ford Focus with licence plate: BSDX 953 with bumper sticker ‘Foc-ASS.’
Investigators are asking anyone with information to please contact Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025. 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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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.
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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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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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Boaters rescued after fire on vessel

August 28, 2017 Police roundup

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 […]

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Campus to house emergency services

August 23, 2017 municipal news

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 […]

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Arrest made on Canada-wide warrant

August 23, 2017 Police roundup

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 […]

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Police seek suspects in downtown shooting

August 17, 2017 Police roundup

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 […]

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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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