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Buskers sought for downtown core

April 19, 2018 arts and entertainment

Street performers are wanted for a new program aimed at entertaining downtown patrons and perhaps launching musical careers. The City and Downtown Barrie (BIA) are looking for local musicians to participate in the new Emerging Musicians Program and perform in various locations in the downtown core throughout the summer. The program is an evolution of the […]

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City invites residents to growth workshop

April 17, 2018 municipal news

The topic of growth is on the table as the City of Barrie hosts a drop-in workshop and online opportunities for a community discussion on the subject. The conversation is to focus on intensification and the opportunities it presents for cities to transform, mature, embrace vibrancy and seize economic development. “The City of Barrie is […]

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Asner brings prostate tale to Barrie

April 17, 2018 arts and entertainment

Ed Asner is bringing his show, A Man and his Prostate, to Barrie for the only performance scheduled in Canada, Tuesday, April 24. Presented by the Barrie International Comedy Festival and Talk is Free Theatre, the show is based on a true-life experience, in which a man discovers his inner self in more ways than […]

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Barrie remains under freezing rain warning

April 16, 2018 municipal news

April showers have turned to spring ice pellets in the Barrie region and across much of Ontario, with freezing rain warnings still in effect. Freezing rain is slowly transitioning to rain across the region, lingering as temperatures struggle to rise above the freezing mark. That’s expected to change Monday afternoon, but due to ice accumulations […]

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City invites residents to spruce up the city

March 21, 2018 municipal news

Now that spring has sprung, City Hall is launching its annual Spring into Clean program. Residents are invited to participate in events to clean up the community. Registration is open for the events, on from April 20 to 22. They include: • Waterfront Cleanup Day at Heritage Park: Friends, family and neighbours are encouraged to […]

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Community complaints lead to drug arrests

March 13, 2018 municipal news

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

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Shelter hosts session on responding to human trafficking

February 20, 2018 municipal news

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

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Two men face weapons/robbery charges

February 20, 2018 municipal news

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

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BMC an arena in search of a new name

January 17, 2018 municipal news

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

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New Year’s Eve show features Hip tribute

December 7, 2017 arts and entertainment

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

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City aims to connect women in tech

October 10, 2017 municipal news

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

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Arts program back for third session

September 12, 2017 arts and entertainment

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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