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Barrie lifeguards stage rescue demos

July 13, 2018 municipal news

Centennial Beach will be the site for beach rescue demonstrations and speeches as Barrie kicks off National Drowning Prevention Week, July 15 – 21. Special guests from the Lifesaving Society of Ontario and the Canadian Red Cross will speak to efforts to prevent drowning deaths. The event begins Monday, July 16, near the lifeguard office at Centennial […]

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Local teacher elected chair of Council for the Ontario College of Teachers

July 11, 2018 education

A teacher with the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board (SMCDSB) was recently elected chair of Council for the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT). Nicole van Woudenberg has been a teacher since 1998; most recently at the board she held the position of Special Education Coordinator, working to support and promote inclusive education for all students […]

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Suspect sought after fundraiser jar stolen from beer store

July 11, 2018 municipal news

The public’s help is being sought by Barrie police to identify a suspect who stole a donation jar meant for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada. On Tuesday at 5:30 a.m. police received an alarm call from The Beer Store located at 299 Blake Street. The front window had been smashed and video surveillance showed a male […]

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Barrie police warn of tax scam

July 11, 2018 municipal news

If the taxman comes calling, best to check with police before responding. The Barrie Police Service is warning local residents after being alerted that scammers are using the Barrie police’s phone number as part of a never-ending Canada Revenue Scam (CRA). Scammers claiming to be with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) have been targeting people throughout […]

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Police continue to seek information on missing Angus woman

July 6, 2018 municipal news

  Barrie police continue to seek the public’s assistance in locating Samantha McInnis, 27, from Angus. Detectives have confirmed Samantha was last seen by family and friends on Thursday, June 21st, and she is believed to be in Barrie. Police and family members are concerned for her wellbeing. She is described as: Female, white; 5’, thin build; brown hair, possibly coloured […]

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Reno grants for heritage properties

July 6, 2018 municipal news

Do you own a heritage property in Barrie? If yes then the property may be eligible for a grant to cover 50 per cent of renovation work, up to $25,000 per property. The City is accepting applications for renovation grants through the Built Boundary Community Improvement Plan (CIP). Anyone who owns a property located in […]

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Local events showcase student businesses

July 4, 2018 municipal news

A couple of upcoming events around the region will showcase the business talents of student entrepreneurs as they launch their summer businesses. Entrepreneurs from the Small Business Centre, YMCA, College Boreal and Nottawasaga Futures will highlight their businesses and test the market for their products and services at the Staples Summer Company Event, scheduled July 4 […]

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Fast Track reduces permit wait time: City

July 3, 2018 municipal news

The City says its Fast Track program is decreasing the time it takes for residents and business owners to receive building permits. Nearly half of shed, pool fence, deck, plumbing and second suite permit applications received since last September have qualified for the Fast Track program. “We’re continually refining our processes so residents can make […]

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Beat the heat on Canada Day weekend

June 28, 2018 municipal news

The Canada Day long weekend is bringing fireworks and the downtown Promenade Days to Barrie, along with an extended spell of very hot weather. City officials are reminding residents to stay cool in the heat, and that public activities planned for Canada Day and Promenade Days will proceed. However, due to the extreme heat the City […]

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Barrie police chief reacts to SIU review

June 28, 2018 municipal news

Barrie police chief Kimberley Greenwood held a press conference Tuesday to deliver this message relating to the death of a 32-year-old man, identified as Olando Brown, whose death is now being looked into by the province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU). “On Friday June 22, 2018 the Barrie Service was involved in an incident with a 32 year old […]

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Canada Day weekend in Barrie features fireworks and Promenade Days

June 27, 2018 arts and entertainment

What goes well with Canada Day in Barrie? An annual downtown shopping and music festival that sees the city core closed to traffic and turned into a pedestrian mall. The City is throwing a Canada Day party in conjunction with downtown’s Promenade Days. The event features family activities and vendors in Heritage Park as well as […]

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Charges flow from water theft

June 22, 2018 municipal news

A Barrie man, 40, is facing charges of impaired driving, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and theft under $5,000, police report. On Thursday, May 31, police received a 911 call reporting an impaired driver who had been travelling eastbound into Barrie on Dunlop Street. The water truck had been travelling in excess speeds and […]

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Environmental depot wants your mercury

June 22, 2018 municipal news

Barrie residents are being encouraged to bring items containing mercury to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot (HHWD). The program is designed to divert a potent toxic chemical, liquid mercury, from the waste stream. In partnership with Scout Environmental, and with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Barrie has become one of the first municipalities to launch […]

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Cenotaph ceremony opens Meridian Place

June 18, 2018 municipal news

The curtain rises on Memorial Square & Meridian Place, with the official opening set for June 29. Now ten times larger, the square allows for larger ceremonial events. The cenotaph has also been relocated to make it the central focus of the square. Meridian Place is a multi-use public space that connects the downtown with Barrie’s waterfront. […]

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City continues Allandale archaeology study

June 1, 2018 municipal news

A Stage 4 archaeology study on the Allandale Station lands is due to begin June 4, as the City partners with the various Williams Treaty First Nation communities and the Huron-Wendat Nation. It’s anticipated the field work will take about 24 weeks to complete. “The City of Barrie remains committed to engaging with the appropriate First Nations […]

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Barrie hosts inaugural photo festival

June 1, 2018 arts and entertainment

The vistas and locales of Simcoe County will be showcased throughout June as the City of Barrie partners with The Focus on Simcoe Photography Festival. The City is hosting a featured exhibit entitled ‘This Was There Then’ in Barrie’s downtown, highlighting images from the city’s past. “The City of Barrie is proud to partner with the […]

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Fire victims in need of basics, donations

April 25, 2018 municipal news

Residents dislodged by a major fire Monday night at a complex managed by the Barrie Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation are in immediate need of some basic items. They are: • Blankets and sheets (twin, double, queen) • Clothing (infant, toddler and school age) • Diapers and pullups/ baby wipes • Dog and cat food, litter and […]

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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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