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Missing boy back home with his family

June 1, 2016 municipal news

Cameron Abernethy, 11, has returned home safely to his family, police report. The Barrie Police Service and the family of the young boy are grateful to the public for their assistance in spreading the word and sharing through all forms of media. The boy was brought home after a tip from a caller which shows […]

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Search continues for missing Barrie boy

May 31, 2016 municipal news

Barrie Police Service will be following up their investigation with door-to-door canvassing of the area where 11-year-old Cameron Abernethy was last seen. Friends and known associates will also be spoken to and known places Cameron attends will be checked for surveillance video. Police are hoping to create a timeline from when the boy was last […]

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Celebrate Barrie’s Battle of the Bands

April 26, 2016 arts and entertainment

Barrie’s annual Battle of the Bands will be kicking off Celebrate Barrie on Friday, June 3, and applications are now being accepted from local bands with members aged 21 and under. Selected bands will take the stage and be judged by a panel of local musicians, promoters and music industry insiders for the chance to […]

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Lehman reacts to Laurentian leaving

February 13, 2016 municipal news

The following media statement is a reaction from Mayor Jeff Lehman on the recent announcement from Laurentian University to leave Barrie. I am deeply disappointed, but sadly not surprised by the decision made by Laurentian to leave Barrie. My first thoughts are for the individuals who will lose their jobs, and their families. While the […]

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Mayor’s 2016 brunch and levee

December 22, 2015 arts and entertainment

Mayor’s Fifth Annual New Year’s Day Brunch & Levee to ring in 2016 and raise funds for the United Way of Greater Simcoe County The City Hall rotunda will be the place to be when Mayor Jeff Lehman presents the Fifth Annual New Year’s Day Brunch & Levee, presented by PowerStream, in support of the […]

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Groups integrate to fight homelessness

November 24, 2015 municipal news

Organizations Plan for a Future that Ends Homelessness A pair of Barrie social services focused on “ending chronic homelessness” in the city are planning to integrate their operations more fully, including moving under one roof. The Barrie Out of the Cold programs and the David Busby Street Centre “are moving beyond their current partnerships and […]

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Blue Lightning pulls to first

August 27, 2015 municipal news

Blue Lightning, the Barrie Police Service’s entry in last Saturday’s Barrie Dragon Boat Festival, placed first in the Municipal Challenge Cup, raising about $600 for Hospice -Simcoe County. The team also took second in the Final Gold Cup Race. The Barrie Dragon Boat Festival is an annual summer event that promotes community spirit, vitality and […]

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Hydro merger talks power up

August 25, 2015 City Hall

Merger talks between PowerStream Holdings Inc. and two other utilities are underway, a dialogue which could create the second largest local distribution company in Ontario. Last April Queen’s Park announced that negotiations were underway with respect to a potential three-way merger of PowerStream Holdings Inc., Enersource Corporation, and Horizon Utilities Corporation, with an opportunity to […]

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Kidney Walk aims to raise funds

August 20, 2015 municipal news

Barrie and area residents are being invited to take part in the Kidney Walk 2015, being held in communities across Ontario. The walk is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 13, beginning at St. Vincent Park. Organized by the Kidney Foundation of Canada, the walk will raise funds to help people battling kidney disease. It’s reported that […]

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Barrie chamber seeks new GM

November 4, 2014 municipal news

The Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce is seeking candidates for the position of General Manager (GM). The GM is responsible for overseeing all day-to-day operations by providing leadership, guidance and support in accordance with the Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce Constitution and Board of Trade Act regulations. This person will be responsible for maintaining good […]

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Boy forgoes gifts for food bank donations

November 3, 2014 municipal news

Editor’s note: a heartwarming release from the Barrie Police service Barrie Police Service members are just like all other parents trying to raise good kids with values and integrity. So when one of our children says he would like to trade in the regular tradition of birthday gifts for food bank donations, it’s a big […]

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Barrie’s fire hydrants receive a flushing

November 3, 2014 municipal news

If you see water pouring out of a fire hydrant near your locale, don’t worry. It hasn’t sprung a leak. The City is performing water main flushing at just over 1,800 hydrant locations throughout the north end, with the aouthern borders of the work area being Edgehill Drive, Wellington St West, and Blake Street respectively […]

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United Way aims for $2 million in 2014

September 9, 2014 municipal news

About 130 people filled the Atrium of the County Administration Building in Midhurst last Friday to dine on hotdogs as the United Way Greater Simcoe County (UWGSC) announced its $2 million community fundraising goal. Coinciding with the launch of the county’s employee United Way campaign (one of more than 200 workplace campaigns across the region), […]

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Brown a good fit for Ontario PCs

July 11, 2014 municipal news

Turns out the rumours are true. Our man Patrick Brown is considering taking a run for the top job with the Ontario Progressive Conservatives. The Barrie MP confirmed as much in an email this week, saying he was thinking about tossing his hat into the ring. From this corner that seems a good move for […]

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A refreshing intro to firefighters

July 2, 2014 municipal news

Barrie Fire & Emergency Service is helping to keep families cool and safe this summer with its third annual ‘Hot Summer Nights’ campaign. This community event is a refreshing way to increase awareness about fire safety, and offer residents the opportunity to: • Meet firefighters in person and ask any questions surrounding fire safety; • […]

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Paramedics join tactical response efforts

July 2, 2014 municipal news

A new emergency services unit has been created from a partnership between the Barrie Police Service and the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services, called the Tactical Emergency Response team. The team is an offshoot of the Paramedic Services Incident Response Unit (IRU), which is responsible for providing chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear medical response. With […]

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Brown delivers cash for celebrations

June 20, 2014 municipal news

Barrie MP Patrick Brown has announced funding in support of June 21 National Aboriginal Day activities and July 1 Canada Day celebrations, to the tune of $47,000. The money is coming from the Celebrate Canada Program to the City, the Downtown Barrie Business Association, and the Barrie Film Festival. The City is receiving $13,000 for […]

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Police seek skateboard robber

June 20, 2014 municipal news

Barrie police are seeking a suspect in connection with a robbery at the Esso gas station at 2 Bryne Drive, 4am on Friday morning. The store clerk told police that a lone male suspect entered the location and was armed with what appeared to be a kitchen knife. He demanded money and did obtain an […]

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Ride to raise funds for United Way

June 4, 2014 municipal news

Registration is now open for United Way Greater Simcoe County’s (UWGSC) new signature fundraiser 100K for United Way. This cycling event, set for Sunday, Oct. 5 and centred at the Oro-Medonte Fairgrounds, has three routes to encourage everyone to join in: a 25km route that shares the rail trail for part of its journey, a […]

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City deploys ‘ask-me’ ambassadors

June 4, 2014 municipal news

City Hall is deploying a team of ‘ambassadors’ to answer questions about downtown and waterfront developments. If a downtown or waterfront visitor has questions about parking or events, these ambassadors have the answers. The City, along with the Downtown BIA and Tourism Barrie, is introducing the Downtown & Waterfront Ambassadors pilot program. Ambassadors include marina […]

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Residents asleep when homes entered

June 4, 2014 municipal news

Following a series of break and enters in the area of Thorncrest Road and Marshall Street, Barrie police are encouraging homeowners to be vigilant in protecting their property as the homes were entered while residents were asleep. The suspect(s) entered five homes at night through a garage door or a garage-man door. The suspect(s) stole […]

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Man rescued from chilly waters

June 4, 2014 municipal news

A man who is believed to have been kayaking on Kempenfelt Bay was rescued about a kilometre out in the bay, police report. Barrie police were contacted and coordinated the rescue. The male was taken to the city marina where he received medical attention. He was found to be suffering from hypothermia. Barrie police would […]

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Parking by the bay a cash cow for Barrie

May 7, 2014 Devine musings

By John Devine When it comes to parking along the waterfront over the next year or so, residents and visitors alike will notice a couple of key changes: visitors will have to pay to park along Barrie’s shores, and there will be more parking available – a lot of it! If you are a local […]

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Rider’s actions raises suspicions

April 25, 2014 municipal news

Falling off a motorcycle when stopped by police, and then rolling into a ditch probably doesn’t serve to dampen suspicions. But that’s what happened when police stopped a motorcycle Friday morning, police report. Early Friday morning, about 1 a.m., police were monitoring traffic on Dunlop Street West when a male rider on a motorcycle was […]

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Police release sketch of robbery suspect

April 23, 2014 municipal news

Barrie police have released a sketch of a man wanted in connection with a “home invasion type” robbery that happened Saturday about noon at a Barrie residence. At noon on Saturday, a male allegedly knocked on the door of the residence, pushing his way inside, police report. The two male victims report that the suspect […]

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