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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Overdoses ‘nearly fatal,’ say Barrie police

December 26, 2016 Municipal election

Barrie city police and paramedics responded to three separate drug overdoses on Friday, over a three-hour window. Two of the overdoses, police report, resulted from ingesting prescription narcotics not intended for the user, and one was an individual attempting to manage pain by self medicating with heroin. “All three incidents proved nearly fatal,” police report. […]

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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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Police seek suspects in assault

December 21, 2016 Police roundup

Barrie city police continue to investigate the assault of a 56-year-old Barrie man, in the downtown core on Saturday night. Police received a call after concerned citizens assisted a victim of a robbery to the bus terminal after a seemingly unprovoked attack, police report. Shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday, the victim, police report, was walking […]

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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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TIFT’s Music Man takes to the streets

August 3, 2016 arts and entertainment

The streets of downtown Barrie are about to become boulevards of song and dance when Talk is Free Theatre brings The Music Man to town. The city by the bay will be transformed into River City, Iowa, from Sept. 14 to Oct. 2 for the production of Meredith Willson’s musical. It will feature more than […]

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TIFT takes Tales on the road, to Iqaluit

July 17, 2016 arts and entertainment

To celebrate its 15th Anniversary season, Talk Is Free Theatre (TIFT) is taking the show on the road – all the way to Iqaluit, Nunavut, where it will showcase its production of Tales of an Urban Indian. When it first ran in 2009, Tales turned heads with it production, but also because it was performed […]

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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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The Music Man kicks off comedy fest

June 27, 2016 arts and entertainment

Mirth and merriment will be on order in Barrie from Thursday, Sept. 12 to Saturday, Oct. 1 as Talk is Free Theatre (TIFT) presents the fourth annual Barrie International Comedy festival. The festival kicks off on Sept. 12 with the presentation of The Music Man, in which “Barrie becomes River City, Iowa in this innovative […]

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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 residence among assets seized in drug investigation

June 7, 2016 Police roundup

An investigation combining regional police forces produced what investigators describe as a significant seizure of drugs “destined for street areas.” Officers from the Barrie Police Service, the South Simcoe Police, and the Ontario Provincial Police simultaneously executed search warrants at five addresses in Barrie, three in Bradford and one in Oro-Medonte Township in the early […]

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Robbery not a random act: police

June 7, 2016 Police roundup

Barrie Police Services continue to investigate a robbery that occurred Monday afternoon in the area of Ardagh Drive and Pass Court. It is believed that three males disguised with masks and reportedly armed with hand guns approached a U-Haul van parked with three occupants. Two occupants from within the van fled on foot and the […]

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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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