Investigation leads to drug-related charges

A Barrie man and woman face a number of drug-related charges following a lengthy investigation, police report.
On Saturday, July 28, investigators from the Barrie Police Street Crime Unit arrested and charged a man and woman from Barrie in relation to drug trafficking. A Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant was executed at a Barrie residence, resulting in police seizing ½ kilogram of cocaine, 1.5 kilograms of marijuana, 44 grams of ecstasy, 60 grams of psilocybin (magic mushrooms), approximately $20,000 in oxycodone pills, and a quantity of cash as well as a motor vehicle, in relation to proceeds of crime.
A 46-year-old Barrie man has been arrested and charged with five counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking, five counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of an Unauthorized Weapon (Taser). He is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie, on Wednesday, Sept. 5.
A 40-year-old Barrie woman has been arrested and charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance. She will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie, on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018.
Anyone with information on illegal drug related activity can contact the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online anonymously at www.p3tips.com

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Program lets city buskers get paid digitally

Residents being entertained by buskers in the downtown core now have the option of tossing some digital currency into the hat, as part of the Emerging Musicians Program.
The program features 15 local musicians animating downtown Barrie this summer.  The City of Barrie is partnering with the Downtown Barrie (BIA) and the Ontario Musicians Co-Operative (OMCI) on the program, which is an evolution of the former Street Performers Program and capitalizes on its successful record in launching musical careers. New this summer, audiences will have the option of tipping performers using digital currency.
The following musicians are performing throughout downtown Barrie during scheduled shifts from Tuesday to Sunday each week until September: Melina Hanke, Kasey Kohring, Brandon Pellatt, John Anderson, Madison Mueller, Karyssa Enick, Tori Hathaway, Sheldon Forget, Ian Haworth, Molly McNulty, David Fyffe, Emma Duffy, Amariah Faulkner, Kalliszta Zorgo, Alyssa Tess.
“The Emerging Musicians Program helps these local artists launch their careers while adding vibrancy and energy to downtown Barrie,” Karen Dubeau, Director of the Creative Economy, is quoted saying. “Working with our partners at the BIA and OMCI, the program provides the artists with increased marketing support and training that focuses on the music business, giving them a platform to showcase their talent and helping to set them up for future success.”
One of the challenges faced by street performers today is that many people only carry credit and debit cards, which can present barriers to audiences who want to tip performers. To reduce these barriers, the Emerging Musicians Program is partnering with local technology innovators on a pilot project that allows people to tip musicians digitally using the cryptocurrency PIVX. Those wishing to tip using PIVX can scan a QR code displayed on signs carried by each musician. For more information on PIVX including how to download and use their virtual wallet, visitwww.PIVX.org.
|“Connecting PIVX with the Emerging Musicians program offers the perfect opportunity to educate citizens about cryptocurrency and blockchain technology while supporting local arts initiatives in our downtown,” Chad Ballantyne, Marketing and Community Manager of PIVX, is quoted saying. “The PIVX community is excited to see how this small integration could be a catalyst for transforming our downtown economy, helping citizens embrace this technology and further elevating Barrie as an innovative city.”
For more information about Barrie’s Emerging Musicians, visit www.barrie.ca/EmergingMusicians.

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Charges follow series of collisions

A series of collisions at Fairview and Essa roads on Wednesday afternoon resulted in a number of charges, police report.
Just after 3 p.m. Wednesday police report being called to the area to deal with a string of collisions. The investigation determined a commercial motor vehicle transporting water was travelling southbound on Fairview Road when a mechanical issue caused the driver to lose power and subsequently control of the vehicle. It then began to roll backwards causing three collisions with other vehicles until it came to a rest against another car in the intersection.
The cascading collisions caused damage to multiple vehicle with no serious physical injuries reported.
The driver of the water truck, a 19-year-old male, was charged with: Operate Unsafe Commercial Motor Vehicle, Drive Commercial Motor Vehicle with Major Defect, Fail to Complete an Accurate Daily Inspection Report.
The owner of the vehicle, a 44-year-old male who was in the passenger seat, was charged with: Permit Driving Commercial Motor Vehicle- Not in Accordance with Permit Limitations, Permit Operation of an Unsafe Commercial Motor Vehicle, Fail to Ensure Performance Standards Are Met, Operate Commercial Motor Vehicle- No Valid CVOR Certificate.

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Fake truck-sale scam nets Barrie victims

A fraud going around has claimed a couple of Barrie residents, report police who have issued a public caution about the scam.
The scam involves a Kijiji ad selling a Chevrolet pick up truck where the owner chats back and forth with the buyer for a short time in regards to the vehicle, police report. Before seeing the vehicle, a $1,000 payment is requested to hold the vehicle. A fraudulent address is provided for the buyer to go see the vehicle, however when the buyer shows up, the owner of the home has no knowledge of any vehicle being sold.
Police want to remind the public to be cautious when requested to send money ahead of time to hold or use as a deposit on any item for sale on such sites as Kijiji, letgo or Facebook Marketplace. Anyone who believes they have found a fraudulent ad or seller should contact the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 as well as report the information to the corresponding website for prompt investigation and removal.
If you have fallen victim to a scam and have a suffered a financial loss, contact the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 to report the incident. For more information on how to protect yourself from computer scams or other financial frauds, check out the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center resources HERE and take a look at The Little Black Book of Scams.

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Crashed truck leads to charges for couple

A Barrie couple faces charges following the crash of a stolen vehicle, police report.
Investigators with the Barrie Police Traffic Services have arrested and charged a Barrie man, 29, and woman, 31, following a motor vehicle collision on Hurst Drive. On Friday, July 20, just before 7:30 a.m. a U-Haul truck left the roadway crashing into a home on Hurst Drive. The driver and passenger of the vehicle fled the scene on foot, although were located a short time later by police and canine.
Further investigation into the collision revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen from the Barrie area on July 11. The male driver of the truck was not injured and has been charged with impaired driving – by drug, dangerous driving, and possession of property obtained by crime – over $5,000. Further charges were laid under the Highway Traffic Act for Fail to Remain and Drive No Licence. He was later released from custody and will appear in court in August.
The female passenger was not injured and has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime – over $5,000, and held in custody. She had been wanted on an outstanding warrant for unrelated charges by South Simcoe Police Service.

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Fraudsters using Terry Fox’s name: police

The name and reputation of the renowned Terry Fox is being appropriated by fraudsters working the streets of Barrie, police report.
The Barrie Police Service is warning local residents after being alerted that scammers are going to door-to-door and asking for pledges in the name of Terry Fox. Police have received reports of individuals canvassing local neighborhoods throughout the city under the façade of collecting cash donations on behalf of the annual run, which raises funds for cancer research.
The suspects, described as white males, have been reported using expired health cards for identification purposes, and pledge forms, which have been downloaded from the internet.
“We (Terry Fox – Barrie) do not ask volunteers/participants to seek out cash donations by going door- to-door. The majority of the participants in the annual run seek pledges online or approach people they know when seeking donations,” Michael F. McDougall, Chairman of Terry Fox – Barrie, is quoted saying. Anyone wishing to make donations to the Terry Fox Run can do so, securely, online at www.terryfox.org
At this time there have been no victims identified as a result of this charitable door-to-door scam. Anyone who suspects they may have been a victim of fraud is asked to contact Police or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center at 1-888-495-8501.

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RIDE check results in drug charges

During a routine RIDE check on Thursday, Barrie police officers stopped a vehicle with two occupants, resulting in drug-related charges being laid.
The vehicle was stopped about 10 p.m. Immediately the investigating officer could detect the strong odour of marijuana within the car and a partially concealed bag could be seen beside the driver. At this time the 45-year-old Barrie male was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance.
The bag beside the driver contained over 17g of marijuana, a scale and over $500 in cash, police report. Also located in the vehicle were three more large bags of suspected marijuana bringing the total seized amount to 551 grams.
The driver was additionally charged with Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking and held at the Barrie Police Service overnight for a bail hearing Monday morning. It was determined the passenger was not involved in the criminal activity and was released unconditionally. The vehicle was towed off the roadway and all currency was seized as proceeds to crime.

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Police seek fourth suspect in shooting

Barrie police continue to seek the fourth suspect in a daytime shooting, June 3, outside an apartment complex on Edgehill Drive.
The location of Jesse Breese, 21, of Barrie continues to be of interest to police as he is wanted for attempted murder and is considered to be armed and dangerous, police report.
He is described as: male, white, thin build, 6’0″, brown hair, full beard, green eyes and wears black rimmed glasses. The three men arrested and charged remain in custody and will appear in bail court via video remand early August.
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Fragrant thief found, two others still sought

Barrie police have apprehended one fragrant thief but continue to seek two others.
After receiving multiple tips as to the identity of the suspect responsible for the theft of cologne from Shoppers Drug Mart on Thursday, May 24th, a Barrie, 24, has been charged with Theft Under $5,000 and will attend court next month to answer to his charge.
Originally police believed this theft was linked to two other fragrance thefts in the region, however further investigation revealed they were not related. Information on the two outstanding suspects involved in the theft of over $6,500 worth of fragrances can be found here: Duo Distracting and Dashing with Cologne.

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Police seize drugs, cash after executing warrant

Executing a warrant at a Barrie address on Monday, police seized a quantity of cash and drugs.
As a result of community complaints, members of the Barrie Police Street Crime Unit commenced an investigation into a city residence. As a result of the search warrant, police seized 9.1 grams of cocaine, 1 gram of heroin, 5.4 grams of cannabis marijuana, various pills and a quantity of cash. An estimated street value of $1300 was seized.
A 23-year-old Barrie woman has been arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance – cocaine, heroin, marijuana – and two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking. She will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie, Aug. 27, police report.
A 30-year-old Barrie man has been arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance – cocaine, heroin, marijuana – and two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking. He will appear Tuesday morning in bail court at the Ontario Court of Justice.
Anyone with information on illegal drug related activity can contact the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online anonymously at www.p3tips.com 

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A motorcyclist received serious but non-life threatening injuries following a collision Monday afternoon on Fairview Road, North of Little Avenue, Barrie police report.
Officers were called to the scene of the accident just after 9 a.m. after receiving reports of a collision involving a motorcycle.  The investigation, police report, revealed the motorcycle was travelling north on Fairview Road when it lost control on a bend in the road. The driver, a 29-year-old female, left the motorcycle before it collided with an oncoming car.  The driver continued to travel into oncoming traffic however the quick actions of an attentive driver travelling southbound, maneuvered his truck, missing the female, police report.
The driver in the oncoming car who struck the motorcycle was not physically injured as a result of the collision. Investigators in the Barrie Police Traffic Unit are continuing with their investigation at this time. They would like to stress the importance of knowing your surroundings, constantly scanning and eliminating distractions inside your vehicle. Reaction times with few distractions are generally between one and two seconds however, with distractions present, times increase to at least three to four seconds.

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Police seek to talk to boy’s rescuers

Barrie police are looking to talk to anyone who was involved in a rescue and aid of a boy, 12, who went into medical distress at the Splash On Water Park at Centennial Beach, Sunday about 5:15 p.m.
Police, along with Barrie Fire Services and County of Simcoe Paramedics attended and transported the boy to Royal Victoria Regional Health Center. He was later transported to a GTA hospital in serious but stable condition.
Detectives are looking to speak to those who were at the Splash On Water Park and were involved in the rescue and aid of the youth, or who may have seen the events leading up to the rescue.  Anyone who has not already spoken to police is asked to call 705-725-7025 ext. 2129.

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Angus woman located, family notified

Samantha McInnis

UPDATE:

Barrie Police Service have located and spoken to missing person Samantha McInnis. She was located safe by police and family has been notified. Police thank the public and media outlets for assistance during the search and location of this missing person.

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Barrie police continue to seek the public’s assistance in locating Samantha McInnis, 27, from Angus.
Detectives have confirmed Samantha was last seen by family and friends on Thursday, June 21st, and she is believed to be in Barrie. Police and family members are concerned for her wellbeing.
She is described as: Female, white; 5’, thin build; brown hair, possibly coloured at the ends; blue eyes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective P. Butera of the Barrie Police Criminal Investigation Division at 705-725-7025, ext. 2129 or pbutera@barriepolice.ca.  To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.p3tips.com.

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Police on the scent of perfume thieves

Barrie police are on the scent of a couple of perfume thieves who may have been pulling similar heists in other jurisdictions.
Last Sunday about 6:30 p.m., two males entered the Shoppers Drug Mart at 420 Essa Road. The first male headed into the cosmetics section and spoke with the cosmetician, bringing her down an aisle to keep her distracted. The second male made his way to the fragrance wall. He began to fill a cooler bag he was carrying, taking colognes and perfumes from the shelf and counter area, police report.
He then exited the store making no attempt to pay and could immediately be seen making a phone call. The male still in the store could be observed answering his phone and then leaving the aisle where he was still talking to the cosmetician. He swiftly left the store to meet the other suspect behind the building and both suspects were last seen leaving the area on foot.
Total value of items stolen $1991.
The next day, Monday, police report that two males entered the Shoppers Drug Mart at 380 Mapleview Drive West, around 8 p.m. The first suspect proceeded to the Chanel Section and, crouching down, was able to open a secured storage drawer with an unknown object. At the same time, the second suspect distracted the employee with numerous questions, police report.
The employee became suspicious of the distraction technique and began to check the store for a theft in progress. As the suspect with the cooler bag full of cologne exited the store, he was stopped by the employee. He presented an empty backpack, while keeping the cooler bag closed and out of sight. He immediately left the store with the second male suspect quickly fleeing behind him. Both were seen on foot heading westbound on Mapleview Drive West.
Items stolen totalled $4735.
The first suspect is described as a male about 35 to 45, about 5’10” and 180 lbs, black hair with dark facial hair. The second suspect is described as a male with dark complexion, about 35 to 45 with a large build, brown hair with dark facial hair.
It is possible, police report, due to information from neighbouring police services, these suspects are linked to other similar thefts and are possibly travelling in a grey Toyota Echo with Quebec plate FHR3582. Police are continuing their investigation at this time and wish for anyone who may have information to please contact either: Constable J. Knight- 705-725-7025 ext. 2534 or jknight@barriepolice.ca; Constable J. Waugh at 705-725-7025 ext. 2738 or jwaugh@barriepolice.ca

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Barrie lifeguards stage rescue demos

Centennial Beach will be the site for beach rescue demonstrations and speeches as Barrie kicks off National Drowning Prevention Week, July 15 – 21.
Special guests from the Lifesaving Society of Ontario and the Canadian Red Cross will speak to efforts to prevent drowning deaths. The event begins Monday, July 16, near the lifeguard office at Centennial Beach. It runs from 10-11:15 p.m. Here is the agenda:
• 10 – 10:25 a.m. Speeches from special guests and city recreation staff
• 10:25 – 10:45 a.m. Beach rescue demonstrations by City of Barrie lifeguards
• 10:45 – 10:55 a.m. Thank you and wrap up
• 11:15 a.m. Flag raising ceremony at City Hall.
In Canada, an average of 500 Canadians drown each year in preventable water-related incidents, making drowning the third leading cause of unintentional death among Canadians under 60 years of age. Most drownings occur close to safety and not wearing a lifejacket or PFD was a factor in 88 per cent of boating deaths.
Once again this summer, the City of Barrie is partnering with the Canadian Red Cross for the PFD Loan Service, which aims to prevent drownings by increasing the availability of PFD’s and educating the public on how to fit and use them. Visitors can borrow certified PFD’s for FREE (a $10 refundable deposit is required) from the Lifeguard Office at Centennial Beach and Johnson’s Beach during times that lifeguards are on duty (11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, weather permitting). More than 180 people participated in the program in 2017.

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A teacher with the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board (SMCDSB) was recently elected chair of Council for the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT).
Nicole van Woudenberg has been a teacher since 1998; most recently at the board she held the position of Special Education Coordinator, working to support and promote inclusive education for all students in the board.
“I can’t think of a better person to represent the Ontario College of Teachers in this important role,” Carol Corriveau-Truchon, SMCDSB chair, is quoted saying. “Nicole is a consummate professional who represents the teaching vocation with integrity, compassion and dedication. I know she will make our Board incredibly proud as she fulfills the duties of this role.”
The new chair will remain in the elected position for a three-year term and then return to the SMCDSB in September of 2021. In her role as chair of the eighth College Council, she will play a significant role in regulating the teaching profession and fulfilling the legislated mandate of the OCT.
“As I embark on this new leadership opportunity as the Ontario College of Teachers eighth Council Chair, I look fondly on my collegial relationships with my Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board family,” van Woudenberg is quoted saying. “I am proud of the dedicated educators who are committed to authentic inclusion to reach every student, especially those with special education needs and I am grateful for the support I have received from my colleagues at the Board.”

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The public’s help is being sought by Barrie police to identify a suspect who stole a donation jar meant for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.
On Tuesday at 5:30 a.m. police received an alarm call from The Beer Store located at 299 Blake Street. The front window had been smashed and video surveillance showed a male enter and collect the Returns for Leukemia donation jar located on the counter. The suspect quickly fled the scene with only the jar in hand.
The suspect is described as white male, 50 to 60-years old, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with red trim, light coloured jeans and possibly white gloves. Police are continuing their investigation at this time and wish for anyone who may have information to please contact Constable T Howlett of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext. 2683 or thowlett@barriepolice.ca.
Any information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com

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Barrie police warn of tax scam

If the taxman comes calling, best to check with police before responding.
The Barrie Police Service is warning local residents after being alerted that scammers are using the Barrie police’s phone number as part of a never-ending Canada Revenue Scam (CRA).
Scammers claiming to be with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) have been targeting people throughout Barrie and are using fake phone numbers to avoid being caught. Recently the number being used belongs to the Barrie Police Service (705-725-7025).
For several weeks citizens throughout the Barrie area have been called numerous times by someone claiming to be a police officer with Barrie police.  The caller (scammer) claims to be a police officer and threatens them over the phone with hefty fines, arrest and jail time if he/she does not send money for an outstanding tax bill. Callers have called back the number that has displayed on the caller ID, and the caller reaches the Barrie Police Service.
The scammers will search the internet and attach any phone number, which can be a local police service or government agency. These scammers are relentless and they continue to invent and even reuse old scams to prey on vulnerable persons, police report.
The Barrie Police Service does not handle tax related matters for the CRA or any other financial institutions. Anyone who receives such calls should contact the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

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Police investigate van/motorcycle collision

Barrie police continue to investigate a collision between a van and a motorcycle which occurred Monday around 5 p.m., just south of Big Bay Point Road.
The motorcycle was travelling southbound on Yonge Street when the rider left the bike, causing it to continue sliding down the road.  The van was turning into a plaza entrance when the collision occurred, police report.
The rider, a 44-year-old Innisfil man, sustained serious, life threatening injuries was transported to a GTA hospital. He is currently listed in stable but serious condition. The driver of the van, a 26-year-old Barrie man, was not physically injured as a result of the collision.
At this time no charges have been laid and the investigation continues. Investigators in the Barrie Police Traffic Unit are seeking witnesses who may have observed this collision. Please contact PC M Casey of the Barrie Police Traffic Unit at 705-725-7025 ext. 2918 or email at mcasey@barriepolice.ca. Any information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com

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Barrie police warn of phone scam

A recent phone scam has Barrie police warning the public to be cautious about providing financial information to callers.
The Alternate Response Unit has received multiple phone calls from people in our area who have received calls advising them that their credit card had been compromised. They are advised that they are to make an appointment at their local branch with a specific person, in most cases a ‘James Pattison.’ They are directed to go into the bank and speak to no one, that this ‘James Pattison’ will approach them and “help them out.”
Please be weary of any calls from financial institutions that require you to provide personal information over the phone or request you do something that seems out of the norm.  A good rule of thumb is to call your credit card company or bank using the number found on the back of your card to determine if your card has been compromised or not.
At this time the Barrie Police Service has not had any reports of persons who have fallen victim to this fraud. For more information on how to protect yourself from phone scams or other financial frauds, check out the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center resources HERE and take a look at The Little Black Book of Scams.

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Reno grants for heritage properties

Do you own a heritage property in Barrie? If yes then the property may be eligible for a grant to cover 50 per cent of renovation work, up to $25,000 per property.
The City is accepting applications for renovation grants through the Built Boundary Community Improvement Plan (CIP). Anyone who owns a property located in the Urban Growth Centre or who owns property listed on the Municipal Heritage Register can apply for the grant.
The renovation grant program was created to encourage improvement, restoration and adaptive re-use of historic homes and existing buildings in the Urban Growth Centre. It is one of two financial incentives offered through the City’s Built Boundary CIP program. In 2017, the program funded 14 grants for a total of $303,096. This year, the total available funding amount is $340,000, which is shared between renovation and redevelopment grants.
An information session will be held tomorrow July 18 for anyone looking for application support. The session will take place in the City Hall Rotunda (70 Collier Street) from 4-7 p.m. Renovation grant applications are being accepted until Aug. 3. Redevelopment grant applications are accepted year-round. For more information on these grants please visit ‘Financial Incentives’ via www.barrie.ca/Planning.

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Local events showcase student businesses

A couple of upcoming events around the region will showcase the business talents of student entrepreneurs as they launch their summer businesses.
Entrepreneurs from the Small Business Centre, YMCA, College Boreal and Nottawasaga Futures will highlight their businesses and test the market for their products and services at the Staples Summer Company Event, scheduled July 4 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Staples Barrie North (561 Bayfield Street) and Staples Barrie South (36 Barrie View Drive). Customers will receive a 10 per cent discount on their purchase at Staples during the event.
Also, more than 30 young entrepreneurs from across Simcoe County will showcase their new businesses, network with other entrepreneurs, and meet members of the community at the Summer Company Launch, Wednesday, July 11 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Southshore Community Centre, 205 Lakeshore Drive.
This provincial program provides aspiring student entrepreneurs with business training and mentorship in addition to grant funding of up to $3,000 to start and run their own summer business. The Small Business Centre delivers the Summer Company as part of the Province’s ONE Network for entrepreneurs.
For more information about both events, visit barriebusinesscentre.ca/events/

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Police seek suspects in armed robbery

Barrie police continue to investigate an armed robbery of a gas station convenience store, Friday. They seek the public’s assistance in identifying four suspects.
Friday morning, just after 2 a.m., four suspects entered the Circle K Esso Gas Station at 99 Mapleview Drive, East. One suspect had been armed with a handgun and the second suspect was armed with a knife. The suspect armed with the handgun made a demand for cash and cigarettes, while the other three other suspects selected various items from throughout the store and placed them into the bags that they had been carrying, police report.
Once the employee complied with the demand the suspects fled the store on foot with a quantity of cash and cigarettes. The employee was not physically injured as result of the incident.
Suspects are described as:
• Suspect #1: Male, white, 16 to 18 years, 5’8” to 6’ with a thin build. The suspect was wearing an orange toque, red bandana covering lower face, orange glove on right hand, black hoodie, black jogging pants, black shoes and carrying a black backpack and armed with a handgun.
• Suspect #2: Male, white, 16 to 18 years, 5’6” to 5’8” with a medium build. Suspect was reported wearing a grey shirt covering his head and face, blue t-shirt, jeans (ripped), “Adidas” sandals and carrying a black bag.
• Suspect #3: Female, white, 16 to 18 years, 5’5” to 5’6” with a small build. She was wearing a black cloth covering lower face, two-toned blue hoodie, beige pants and brown boots.
• Suspect #4: Male, white, 16 to 18 years, 5’8” to 6’ with a thin build. Reported wearing a black cloth covering lower face, grey hoodie, black pants, blue/black running shoes, carrying a black backpack and armed with a knife
Anyone with information is asked to contact Sergeant Berriault of the Barrie Police Criminal Investigation Services at 705-725-7025, ext. 2129, dberriault@barriepolice.ca or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.

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Fast Track reduces permit wait time: City

The City says its Fast Track program is decreasing the time it takes for residents and business owners to receive building permits. Nearly half of shed, pool fence, deck, plumbing and second suite permit applications received since last September have qualified for the Fast Track program.
“We’re continually refining our processes so residents can make home improvements more quickly and easily,” Andrea Bourrie, Director of Planning and Building Services, is quoted saying. “The Fast Track program is getting permits in applicants’ hands faster than ever before, which means residents can build their deck or enclose their pool earlier to get the most out of it during the warmer months.”
More than 150 applications have been fast tracked, cutting the processing times by 50 per cent or more, according to a City release:

  • Sheds, pool fences, decks and plumbing went from 2 weeks to same day issuance;
  • Second suite application times are down from 3 weeks to 1; and,
  • Interior alterations for commercial buildings is down from 4 weeks to 2.

The Fast Track program was initially introduced last September for second suites, decks, pools, plumbing, water and sanitary repairs and some accessory buildings. In May, interior alteration permits for commercial buildings was added to the program.
Details and guidelines available through the Industrial and Residential Building permits pages atwww.barrie.ca/building.

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Beat the heat on Canada Day weekend

The Canada Day long weekend is bringing fireworks and the downtown Promenade Days to Barrie, along with an extended spell of very hot weather.
City officials are reminding residents to stay cool in the heat, and that public activities planned for Canada Day and Promenade Days will proceed. However, due to the extreme heat the City is taking the following precautions:
• Simcoe County Paramedics and St. John Ambulance will be on-site at the Memorial Square Opening and the Vimy dedication ceremony. Paramedics will be stationed on Owen Street and St. John Ambulance at the end of Chase McEachern Way close to Meridian Place and the midway
• The Five Points Theatre will be available to the public as a cooling station on Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon-5 p.m. Refreshments, including cold water, will be available for sale.
In the event of thunderstorms or high winds, the fireworks scheduled for Sunday at 10 p.m. will be postponed to Monday at 10. This information will be shared on Creative Barrie social media accounts at www.twitter.com/CreativeBarrie and www.facebook.com/CreativeBarrie, and the Special Events line (705-739-4285).
During a high heat alert, residents are reminded to:
• Rest frequently in shaded areas
• Drink plenty of fluids
• Never leave infants, children or pets in a parked car
• Dress in cool, loose clothing and shade your head with a hat or umbrella
• Check regularly on family, friends or neighbours who are at higher risk of heat-related illnesses and who do not have air conditioning
• Plan to attend the festivities during cooler parts of the day
• Seek shelter indoors or in the shade.
Here are some other ideas on how to beat the heat this weekend:
• Head to the beach. Barrie is lucky to have several locations to choose from. Lifeguards are on duty at Centennial and Johnson’s Beaches from Friday, June 29 to Sunday, August 19 from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily, weather permitting. There is no supervision available at any of the other waterfront locations.
Residents are reminded to practise water safety; there is no substitute for parent supervision. Stay within arm’s reach, swim with a buddy and get trained. Visit www.barrie.ca/beaches for more information.
• Splash around at the splash pad at Lampman Lane Park or the popular water feature at Heritage Park.
• Jump in a pool. Those looking to avoid the sun but still enjoy the water can visit one of the pools located at the City’s recreation centres including Allandale Recreation Centre, Holly Community Centre and East Bayfield Community Centre. Visit www.barrie.ca/DropIns for pool schedules.

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