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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Woman faces impaired charges

April 26, 2016 Police roundup

Early Tuesday morning, Barrie police responded to the area of Essa Road and Gowan Street after receiving a report of a single motor vehicle collision. Upon arrival police located the vehicle that had travelled off the roadway, struck a hydro pole and came to rest on a fire hydrant. The driver, a 28-year-old Barrie woman, […]

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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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Arrests made in suspected home invasion

April 26, 2016 Police roundup

Three males, one armed with a chainsaw, broke into a home early Saturday morning, police report. Police arrived at the residence after receiving a call about a home invasion. The suspects fled the area in a pick-up truck, but were located by police a short time after and arrested. Police deemed the incident to be […]

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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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Giving back by ‘paying forward’ works for ‘young-old’ retirees

November 24, 2015 The no so golden years

• Dear readers: Your humble scribe has been producing content on what is being called an imminent pension crisis, for the Alliance for Retirement Income Adequacy (ARIA), a site designed to foster an informed discussion about retirement issues. It has been quite an education, and I thought I’d share some of the stories with you. […]

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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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TIFT books Dale for comedy fest

August 27, 2015 arts and entertainment

Cynthia Dale is performing at the Barrie International Comedy Festival Supreme Comedy Gala, filling in for Mary Walsh who is cancelling due to illness. The week-long festival, starting Sept. 15, according to TIFT, the organizer, will feature Dale, “one of Canada’s most acclaimed and sought after performers – a ‘triple sensation’ known for her award-winning […]

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Police rescue ‘distressed’ dogs

August 25, 2015 Police roundup

On Sunday, police took a call about two dogs in distress within a vehicle, parked in the Walmart parking, located on Bayfield Street. Upon arrival officers quickly gained access to the vehicle, and both dogs were rescued and turned over to the Ontario SPCA. The owner of the animals has been charged. Police are reminding […]

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City lifeguards pack their suits

August 25, 2015 Municipal election

In a sign that summer is dwindling, city lifeguards were pulled from their perches on local beaches, Monday. They will no longer be scheduled at Barrie’s beaches. The buoy lines will remain in the water until after Labour Day weekend. This summer also marked another successful partnership between The City of Barrie and the Canadian […]

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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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TIFT receives $10,000 from Park Place

August 25, 2015 arts and entertainment

A long-time supporter of Talk is Free Theatre (TIFT) is contributing $10,000 to the local troupe which brings live theatre to Barrie audiences. Terry Coughlin, managing partner of North American Development Group, developers of Park Place, has served on TIFT’s board of directors since 2011 and the support has been immeasurable, say Arkady Spivak, the […]

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Moist opens renewed Roxy Theatre

August 20, 2015 arts and entertainment

Barrie’s grand old lady of entertainment, the Roxy Theatre, returns to the scene, bringing live shows to a local audience. The theatre at 46 Dunlop Street West has long been a symbol of stellar entertainment in the city. Since the 1930s when the Saso family opened the Roxy, to its run as The Roxx Nightclub […]

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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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Illuminating underwater insights

August 20, 2015 arts and entertainment

Talk is Free Theatre (TIFT) is bringing renowned underwater adventurer Dr. Joe MacInnis to town to share his experiences and insights as part of the theatre’s Illuminating Conversations series. His biography, according to a TIFT release, reads like an underwater Indiana Jones adventure. Among his many adventures are dives to the Titanic, the Edmund Fitzgerald, […]

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Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival XX

June 16, 2015 arts and entertainment

The 20th edition of the now venerable KOOL FM Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival is underway and continues through to Monday, June 22. 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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Mayors press municipal interests

April 27, 2015 Media releases

The Large Urban Mayors’ Caucus of Ontario (LUMCO) met with Premier Kathleen Wynne at Queen’s Park on Monday, April 20 to discuss key issues facing communities across the Province. Mayors of Ontario’s largest cities attended the meeting to speak to the Premier about LUMCO’s 2015 priorities of gridlock & transportation, job creation, affordable housing and […]

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e-bike rules include possible DD charges

April 27, 2015 Police roundup

Barrie police have taken the time to remind riders of e-bikes about the rules governing their use, including operating them while impaired. They include, but are not limited to: • all operators and passengers must be at least 16 years of age • all operators and passengers must wear an approved bicycle or motorcycle helmets […]

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Protect yourself for ‘trauma season’

April 10, 2015 Media releases

(Media release) Drivers wise to take precautions on and off the road When Ontarians think of terrible driving conditions, car accidents and bad visibility, winter is usually the season that comes to mind, yet the most severe road accident-related injuries actually occur during the summer months. Emergency personnel have come to label this three-month period […]

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Municipalities and pension funds natural match of need and opportunity: Lehman

April 10, 2015 The not so golden years

• Dear readers: Your humble scribe has been producing content on what is being called an imminent pension crisis, for the the Alliance for Retirement Income Adequacy (ARIA), a site designed to foster an informed discussion about retirement issues. It has been quite an education, and I thought I’d share some of the stories with […]

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February Blues XVIII schedule

February 3, 2015 arts and entertainment

THE FEBRUARY BLUES XVIII BARRIE – BRADFORD – INNISFIL – MIDLAND BLUES LOCALES & VENUES SCHEDULE SOUTH-SIDE BLUES • THE BARRIE PUBLIC LIBRARY, PAINSWICK BRANCH, (705) 728-1010, 48 DEAN AVENUE – February 7, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. featuring Cantor’s Set EAST-SIDE BLUES • THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, 410 ST. VINCENT STREET, (705)728-1412 – February 5, 8:00 […]

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