Boaters rescued after fire on vessel

August 28, 2017 Police roundup

Emergency crews responded to a fire in a boat on Sunday near the Tiffin boat launch, police report. At about 1:50 p.m., Barrie Police Marine 1 arrived at the scene and assisted the people off the vessel and out of the water where they had jumped in for safety, police report. Marine 1 used the fire […]

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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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Arrest made on Canada-wide warrant

August 23, 2017 Police roundup

Barrie homicide investigators have arrested and charged the second suspect in the shooting that took place on Sunday, Aug. 13, in the area of Mulcaster Street and Lakeshore Drive. Dylan Brown, 24, who was wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant for Attempted Murder, was arrested by London Police Service on Monday, Aug. 21, police report. The […]

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Police seek suspects in downtown shooting

August 17, 2017 Police roundup

Barrie homicide investigators have issued an arrest warrant for a male suspect in relation to a shooting incident in the city. Investigators are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Max Cameron Pritchett, 21, in relation to a shooting that took place on Sunday, Aug. 13 in the area of Mulcaster Street and Lakeshore Drive in […]

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Barrie soccer players score with universities

August 2, 2017 Local sports scene

Emma Allison, Hannah Sedore, Ainsleigh Sedore, Mackenna King, Madeline Johnson and Ben McEwen are among the 11 participants who joined the PSI training program three years ago with the dream of playing soccer at the post-secondary level. “PSI helped me build my passion for the game,” said 18-year-old Hannah Sedore, who is heading to the […]

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Suspect armed with paintball gun: police

July 14, 2017 Police roundup

Barrie police are investigating a robbery reported Thursday at the Petro Canada on Blake Street. Police report that two individuals entered the store dressed in all black with hoods up and their faces covered. Both suspects carried backpacks and one had a black paintball gun in-hand. The suspect with the paintball gun demanded the small […]

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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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City police levy three impairs in one day

July 7, 2017 Police roundup

Barrie city police arrested and charged three motorists with impaired driving charges on Thursday, between 6:10 and 11:45 p.m. The ages of the drivers ranged from 26 to 66. Around 6:10 p.m. Thursday, police received multiple calls after a vehicle travelling eastbound on Lakeshore Drive suddenly accelerated and drove over a centre median, across oncoming […]

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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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Senior poverty rates on the rise, single senior women most vulnerable: report

May 30, 2017 City Scene Barrie backgrounders

“It is widely recognized that this reduction in senior poverty rates over the second half of the 20th century is one of Canada’s social policy successes. At that time we were leading the world, in international comparisons, in how well our seniors were doing – we accomplished an amazing thing. But it seems we have […]

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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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Follow the money on climate change

January 18, 2017 The not so golden years

Investors and owners fuel change towards low carbon future “The first two are new technologies and new players. Those are the disruptors again, the real disruptors. They are making renewable energy sources much more viable, and we are already seeing that in better battery storage, in better and cheaper electric cars, all of which will […]

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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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Barrie police seek home invasion suspects

January 5, 2017 Police roundup

Barrie police seek three suspects in regards to a home invasion, Tues., Jan. 3, in which, police say, three people forced their way into a city residence. Police report that the complainant called then shortly after 8:10 p.m. to say a female and two males rang her doorbell, then forced their way past her into […]

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Investigation results in assault charge

January 5, 2017 Police roundup

The Barrie police K-9 unit helped in the location of the suspect sought in an incident at a Hock Shop, police report. Wednesday, a male disguised with a ski mask entered the shop on Maple Avenue, just after 7:15 p.m. Once inside, it’s alleged the suspect lunged at the employee and a physical altercation ensued. […]

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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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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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