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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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Barrie prepares to celebrate Canada Day

June 30, 2016 municipal news

Canada Day celebrations return to Barrie for the country’s 149th birthday, and the city is preparing a party to mark the day, and also the 100th anniversary of Canadian Women’s Suffrage, and the 175th birthday of Sir Wilfred Laurier. The event will feature family activities, vendors, live entertainment and more funded in part by the […]

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Barrie Jazz and Blues XXII

June 13, 2016 arts and entertainment

The 22nd edition of the now venerable KOOL FM Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival is underway and continues through to Monday, June 20. Along the way jazz and blues will resonate from venues around the city. City Scene Barrie is pleased to provide this comprehensive guide to the festival. – THE KOOL FM BARRIE JAZZ […]

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Firefighters and builders invite residents to ‘build and burn’ day

June 7, 2016 municipal news

Barrie firefighters are teaming up with the Simcoe County Home Builders’ Association to build a house in six hours, and residents are being invited to watch the show for a “full day of free family fun.” The 750-square-foot bungalow will be used for firefighter training by the Barrie Fire and Emergency Service, Innisfil Fire and […]

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Barrie celebrates 100 Years of Freedom

June 3, 2016 municipal news

On saturday, downtown Barrie streets will be filled with 1,000 troops marching to City Hall with drums beating, colours flying, and bayonets fixed to kick off the ‪100 Years of Freedom celebrations. Once halted at City Hall a short ceremony will take place starting at 11 a.m., including the arrival of Vimy soil representing the […]

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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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