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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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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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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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TIFT brings the music to streets of Barrie

September 13, 2016 arts and entertainment

If you happen to be in downtown Barrie the next couple of weeks, going about your business, don’t be surprised if song and dance breaks out near you. Not to be concerned, though, as it’s all perfectly natural and planned, a case of street theatre brought to you by Talk is Free Theatre (TIFT). From […]

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PSI hosts EPL’s Stoke City for camp

September 8, 2016 Local sports scene

Tryout dates for Premier Soccer Institute announced The Premier Soccer Institute (PSI) has exciting development news to share. Recently, coaches for the English Premier League’s Stoke City were in Barrie for an identification camp, hosted by PSI. Led by Stoke City coach Aaron Duce, the camp was designed to identify players qualified to participate in […]

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Time to walk a mile in her shoes

August 24, 2016 municipal news

The 7th Annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes is scheduled for Sept. 17 at Heritage Park, and this year organizers are hoping to raise $30,000 to benefit the Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie. It’s said that to understand another’s reality, one has to first walk in their shoes. That’s what organizers are asking […]

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Life’s no longer a beach for city lifeguards

August 16, 2016 municipal news

It’s an annual sign of summer’s pending end. As of Monday, August 22, lifeguards will no longer be staffing Barrie’s beaches, although the buoy lines will remain in the water until after Labour Day. The City of Barrie and the Canadian Red Cross teamed up once again to offer the PFD Loan Service. So far […]

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Eco-focused Blue Flag flies at marina

July 5, 2016 municipal news

The Blue Flag is flying at the city marina, the first and only marina on Lake Simcoe to have the distinction. Mayor Jeff Lehman and city staff helped to officially raise the Blue Flag at the marina today, the second year in a row that it has been recognized with the Blue Flag designation; this […]

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Shear Park features new inclusive playground

July 5, 2016 municipal news

Shear Park has a new inclusive playground, just in time for summer vacation. The playground has been completely redesigned thanks in part to the Government of Canada’s Enabling Accessibility Fund. The new inclusive playground features paved walkway routes from the parking lot to an elevated ramp leading onto the playground, which is surfaced with accessible […]

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