Barrie retains its ‘AA’ credit rating

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Barrie has retained its vaunted ‘AA’ credit rating according to the latest report from Standard & Poor’s (S&P), a financial services company that “offers services including credit ratings, data analysis and equity research to both the private and public sectors worldwide,” according to a City release.
“S&P’s ‘AA’ credit rating confirms that Barrie’s economy is strong and will continue to support the future of our growing city,” CAO Michael Prowse is quoted saying. “The City’s credit rating directly affects property taxes. Our budget process coupled with our long-term fiscal policies has helped maintain this solid credit rating, which means ultimately that our taxes are lower because of it.”
As justification for the rating S&P points to Barrie’s “growing and diversifying economy, necessary investments in infrastructure to support a growing population, healthy liquidity position, and strong financial management,” states the release, adding that the “stable outlook reflects Standard & Poor’s expectations that Barrie’s economy will continue to expand healthily, and its liquidity position will remain more than sufficient over” the next two years.
“S&P’s positive rating reflects our outlook and future financial position. City staff will continue developing long-term affordable plans to ensure we maintain this solid performance level,” Craig Millar, Director of Finance and Treasurer, is quoted saying.
Recent reports have indicated the city’s debt will be just over $284 million by the end of the year.

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Nominees for the 2018 Barrie Business Awards include young professionals, employees of the year, and those up for the Arch Brown Entrepreneur Award of Excellence.
The winners of the Barrie Chamber of Commerce event will be announced at the Barrie Business Awards Gala, Nov. 8 at the Barrie Country Club.
Nominees include:
Young Professional of the Year Award:
• Iain Moggach, Theatre by the Bay, Daniel Steffens, StepUp, Kara Thomson, Bulldog KIDS
Employee of the Year
• Betsy Deane, Speed Pro, Iain Moggach, Theatre by the Bay, Kara Thomson, Bulldog KIDS
Arch Brown Entrepreneur Award of Excellence
• 
Dawn Mucci, Lice Squad.comAngie Ricci, ANGEL TOURS & ENTERTAINMENT INC., Liam Squires, Tandempark
Other recipients include nominees for the Manufacturing Sector Business Excellence Award, the Service Business Excellence Award the Hospitality & Tourism Business Excellence Award the Not-For-Profit or Charitable Organization Award the New Business Award, the Business Growth Award, the Marketing & Promotions Award, the Pay It Forward Award, the Innovation & Technology Award, the Small Business of the Year Award, and the Employer of the Year Award.
For more information on the nominees, time and cost of the gala, click here.
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City gets in the Halloween spirit with spooky bus

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The City plans on getting into the Halloween spirit with some special themed events planned at Barrie’s recreation centres.
A memo to council from B. Roth, director of recreation services, and B. Forsyth, director of transit and parking strategy, advises that “October is here and Halloween is upon us, a special time of the year where kids burst with the excitement of dressing up in costume to go trick-or-treating, and people of all ages get into the spirit of the season.
“And of course with the return of Halloween also marks the return of some exciting Halloween events offered by” recreation services, including:

• The Ghost Bus Tour

According to the memo, the tour is a Halloween themed event delivered by the Recreation Services Department and Barrie Transit. It’s the fifth annual year for the spooky bus.
“This event is consistently one of our most popular events … Fire Services will be involved yet again to help spread awareness about Halloween safety and provide some great photo opportunities for the participants with the fire truck!
“The Ghost Bus itself has been redesigned yet again to ensure everyone has a great time, and participants who came out last year won’t know what to expect so prepare for a good scare all over again!” reads the memo.
Times and locations are: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 5–7:30 p.m. at the East Bayfield Recreation Centre; Wednesday, Oct./ 24, 5– 7:30 p.m. at the Allandale Recreation Centre; Thursday, Oct. 25, 5– 7:30 p.m. at the Holly Community Centre.
“Parents are encouraged to use their own discretion when deciding whether or not to enter the ghost bus with their children, the bus is on the softer side of a typical haunted house but may be too spooky for some participants. The bus will remain stationary all night so participants can drop in at any time. While costumes are not necessary, they are encouraged!” reads the memo.

• Thriller of a Workout

It’s the 10th year for this event, a free family workout “that encourages fun, fitness and fundamentals of the Thriller dance in support of the Barrie Food Bank.” It’s scheduled for Friday, Oct. 26 from 7-7:45 p.m. at the East Bayfield Community Centre.

• Trick or Treat Passes

On Oct. 1, Recreation Services began selling Trick or Treat passes for $0.50 each. These passes are valid for children under 14 years old from Nov. 1 to Dec. 3, “and are good for any drop-in skate or swim within the city! Quantities are limited so act fast to avoid disappointment,” reads the memo.
Read the full memo here.

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This campus is a partnership between Barrie and County of Simcoe. Once complete, it will house the Barrie Police Service, Simcoe County Paramedic Services and Barrie Fire and Emergency Service dispatch communications in one location at 110 Fairview Road in Barrie.


A second community information session on the progress of the Barrie Simcoe Emergency Services Campus (BSESC) project is being planned, a staff memo informs city council.
From J. Liefl, manager of facility planning and development, the memo says the session is planned for Tuesday, Oct. 30th, 7 p.m. at the Allandale Recreation Centre, 190 Bayview Drive.
“The Barrie Simcoe Emergency Services Campus brings together the Barrie Police Service, Simcoe County Paramedic Services and Barrie Fire and Emergency Service under an innovative partnership arrangement that maximizes cost-effectiveness and service efficiency for our community,” reads the memo.
It includes an update on major components of phase one, now under construction:
• Barrie Police Headquarters: Replace the existing police facilities at 29 Sperling Drive and 60 Bell Farm Road
• Barrie police vehicle maintenance structure
• County of Simcoe Paramedic Services: paramedic operational hub with ambulance storage, mobile command unit, support areas and staff/administrative spaces
• Barrie Fire and Emergency Service: Back-up dispatch communications.
It’s expected the information session will include:
• An update from the project team of the campus progress, and project timing
• Update neighbouring property owners on site revisions including fences, parking lot lighting, height and landscape features on berms and updates to the site plan due to SPA and LSRCA influences
• An opportunity to meet the project team
• An opportunity to ask questions, provide your thoughts, comments and feedback regarding the proposed development.
For more on the campus, read this.

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A Barrie woman is facing impaired-related charges following a single-vehicle collision Tuesday morning.
The incident occurred just after 11 a.m. The vehicle, police report, left the roadway and ended up in a nearby stormwater management pond. The driver, a 24-year-old woman, was charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and dangerous driving. She has a court date scheduled for Oct. 22.
Police ask anyone who might have been in the area at the time of the incident, or anyone with information, to contact Constable Osborne of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025, ext. 2505, kosborne@barriepolice.caor call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.

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The Barrie ballot bus is rolling out across the city to bring the municipal vote closer to residents.
Traditionally, a municipal vote gets a very low turnout. In the last election held in 2014, just 31.75 per cent of eligible voters turned out to cast a ballot. With that in mind, City Hall is taking the vote on the road, hoping to increase participation.
The bus will have two touch-screen counters onboard for residents to make their choices among the candidates vying for office.
The bus rolls out from Oct. 12-17, operating at scheduled times across the city. It will be making stops at malls, grocery stores, seniors residences and recreation centres, spending three hours at each location. The mobile voting station will be equipped with a privacy wall with two people voting at a time.
For times and locations, click here.

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Golf clubs lose their heads, police investigate

Several golf clubs at the Sport Chek outlet in Park Place are missing their driver heads and Barrie police want the public’s assistant in finding who walked off with them.
On Sunday, police report a theft at the sports store, located at 80 Concert Way. An employee had located several Taylor Made M2 460 golf clubs, missing driver heads. Further investigation led to video surveillance being obtained, which captured a suspect removing two driver heads and concealing them on his person, discarding the clubs in a nearby corner and quickly exiting the store.
The suspect is described as a white male, 38-45 years old with a heavy build, dark facial hair, and wearing a blue baseball hat, a blue hooded zip-up sweater, dark coloured shorts, and light blue running shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Riddell of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025, ext. 2604, rriddell@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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Barrie police seek a vehicle and its driver following a collision Saturday at the Tim Hortons on Anne Street, just north of Dunlop Street.
They are asking for the public’s assistance to identify the vehicle and/or driver following a fail-to-remain collision. Police report that the vehicle had struck the building while in the drive-thru, which resulted in significant damage to the building. The driver of the vehicle neglected to stay on scene to speak with staff and police.
The vehicle is described as a grey, four-door, Ford Escape. Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable Ferreira of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025, ext. 2701, tferreira@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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Investigators from the Barrie Police Service have arrested and charged a city man with extortion, police report.
On Friday, Oct. 5 shortly after 9 a.m. investigators of the Barrie Police Investigative Services, assisted by the Biker Enforcement Unit, made the arrest. The man was arrested Friday morning shortly before 9 a.m. He was being held for a bail hearing.
Due to the ongoing nature of this investigation, further details will only be provided as the investigation permits, police report.
The Biker Enforcement Unit (BEU) is a Joint Forces Operation (JFO) created in June 1998. The BEU is comprised of 18 municipal agencies, the RCMP and CISO, partnered with its lead agency, the Ontario Provincial Police. This multi-agency partnership is a demonstration of Ontario law enforcement’s shared interest in combating organized crime in their respective communities, police report.
The unit is comprised of over 100 officers from federal, provincial and municipal police agencies, as well as the Criminal Intelligence Service of Ontario.

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Advance polling for Barrie council starts Saturday

The voting for the coming municipal election starts Saturday in Barrie, with an advance polling station to be set up at the Barrie Farmers’ Market (70 Collier Street) from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Oct. 6 marks the first of many opportunities to vote in the 2018 Municipal Election. Other voting opportunities include:
• Oct. 9-11: Apartment & Condo voting
• Oct. 10-12: Long Term Care & Retirement Residence voting
• Oct. 13 & 15-17: Voting bus (Barrie Transit bus turned into a fully accessible polling station that will visit scheduled locations throughout Barrie​)
• Oct. 18-20: Advance Voting Days (20 locations around Barrie)
• Oct. 22: Final Voting Day (20 locations around Barrie).
Residents are encouraged to check if they’re on the voters’ list before heading to the polls by going to barrie.ca/VoterLookup, calling 705-728-VOTE (8683) from Monday to Friday, 8:30 – 4:30 p.m., visiting 1st floor City Hall (70 Collier Street) Monday to Friday, 8:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Additions or changes to the voters’ list are permitted up to and including final voting day (Oct. 22, 2018). For more information on the 2018 Municipal Election including who can vote and a full schedule of voting times and locations, visit barrie.ca/election.

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City services impacted on Thanksgiving Monday

As the community gathers with friends and family to celebrate Thanksgiving this weekend, the City is reminding them a number of services will be affected on Monday, Oct. 8.

Barrie Transit
There will be no Barrie Transit Service on Thanksgiving Monday. (www.barrie.ca/TransitNotices)

Curbside Collection
There will be no garbage, organics, recycling and yard waste collection on Monday in Barrie. Collection during the week of this holiday will occur one day later for the remainder of the week. Materials must be curbside by 7 a.m. on your collection day. (www.barrie.ca/CurbsideCollection). Note: The landfill is closed regularly every Sunday and Monday.

Recreation Centres
All City recreation facilities will be open during regular operating hours on Monday, Oct. 8. Drop-in programs will operate as per the regular drop-in schedule (www.barrie.ca/dropins), however all registered programs are cancelled.

Parking
Downtown parking (on-street and lots) is free on all statutory holidays. Waterfront parking is enforced 24/7/365. Residents must display their permits and visitors are required to pay $3/hour (daily maximum: $15). (www.barrie.ca/parking).

City Hall
Barrie City Hall will be closed on Monday.

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Barrie police have laid charges relating to damage done to a police cruiser parked on Dunlop Street in downtown Barrie, Saturday, Sept. 15.
The incident occurred just after 1:30 a.m. Witnesses, say police, reported seeing a male jumping up onto the trunk of the cruiser, while being videotaped by his friend. The male then jumped on the back window, which quickly led to him smashing out the rear window, and falling through.
Both males fled the area prior to police arriving, although the entire incident had been observed by numerous witnesses and captured on video surveillance.
Investigators have charged a 19-year-old man from Shelburne with Mischief Under $5,000 and a 19-year-old man from Melancthon Township with Mischief Under $5,000. Both men are scheduled to appear in a Barrie Court of Justice on Nov. 5.

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The Barrie Food Bank is in the midst of its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, aiming to raise 150,000 pounds of food to feed its monthly client base of close to 2,800 people.
Beginning Sept. 26, the drive sees donation bins in grocery stores throughout the city. Local businesses also contribute by collecting food donations at their locations, all with the goal off helping those in need. In all, the agency headquartered at 42 Anne Street assists more than 33,000 people a year.
The bank’s “primary service is the provision of food to families and individuals to prevent them from going hungry,” it says on its website.
“We do this through two key programs: A morning drop-in program held Monday to Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. The drop-in is designed to allow clients to pick up breads and baked goods to supplement their food assistance order.
“The afternoon program, held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1-3:30 p.m., is designed to allow people to acquire food assistance.”
A key part of the agency’s job, it continues, is the encouragement of self-sufficiency and well-being. Services include a resource centre “of brochures and literature is available for our clients to use referring them to other more knowledgeable services and agencies.”
For more on the food bank, click here.

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The bloom is on for Barrie as the city received recognition at the 2018 National/International Symposium and Awards Ceremonies.
At the ceremony held Sept. 29 in Strathcona County, Alberta the city earned a 5 Blooms – Gold rating and a special mention for Military Heritage Park. Barrie also received an Outstanding Achievement Award for the National Capital Commission Floral Displays Award, and participated in the Circle of Excellence – Evaluated category.
Over the summer, trained volunteer judges travelled to participating communities to evaluate the overall contributions of municipal council and departments in regards to the following criteria: tidiness, environmental action, heritage conservation, urban forestry, landscape and floral displays.
Following their evaluation, volunteer judges Bob Lewis and John Lohuis wrote:
“Barrie … has consistently outpaced the national growth rate. The Barrie CiB Committee theme of ‘Grow with Us’ demonstrates wise planning investments for growth. Numerous studies and positive planning in all sectors allows Barrie to meet future challenges.
“A high degree of public engagement and caring is evident with support for high-profile local projects such as Meridian Place and Military Heritage Park. Both projects are adjacent to the beachfront of Kempenfelt Bay. Representatives of Camp Borden, indigenous First Nations and the Barrie Rotary Club all contributed time and resources to Military Heritage Park which was opened in October 2017.
“This un-programmed passive park uses landscapes, plant material, signage and a Vimy oak planting to depict Barrie’s military history from pre-settlement through to present day. Plaques also acknowledge First Nations contributions to the War of 1812.”
For a complete list of the results and the electronic copy of the Communities in Bloom magazine, visit www.communitiesinbloom.ca.

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SIU to investigate death of 55-year-old man

The death of a 55-year-old man who went into medical distress while at the Barrie police station on Sept. 5 is being investigated by the province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU).
In a news release dated Oct. 1 the SIU says it is “investigating the circumstances surrounding the death” of the man, who died on Sept. 27. According to the unit, “preliminary information suggests the following:”
• On Sept. 5, Barrie Police Service officers arrested the man and took him to the police station. While at the police station, the man went into medical distress
• Emergency Medical Services transported the man to hospital and he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit
• At 11:04 p.m. on Sept. 27, the man was pronounced dead.
“At this time, one subject officer and one witness officer have been designated. The post-mortem is scheduled for today (Oct. 1),” the release states.
The SIU continues that it is “urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.

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Just in case you missed this one, or forgot about it, here’s a look at what you, the taxpayers of Barrie, paid for your city council in 2017 – just in time for the 2018 municipal election.
According to this report the “total remuneration and expenses paid to or on behalf of Members of Council and others by the City of Barrie, and other bodies and local boards for 2017, was $536,564.20.”
Get all the details here. See Q1 2018 council spending here, and Q2 spending here. Council renumeration details can be found here.

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Barrie Culture Days: a behind-the-scenes look at the arts

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The 9th annual Barrie Culture Days offers a range of activities, including a silent DJ dance party at Meridian Place.
On this weekend (Sept. 28-30), the event features a variety of free programs and activities designed to inspire public participation in arts and culture.
In addition to the dance party other highlights include a culture crawl that includes sketching, theatre, poetry and dance, a drop-in hand drumming workshop, an acapella performance by Barrie’s Soundwaves and a chance for members of the public to conduct the Huronia Symphony Orchestra. Local musicians will perform on select Barrie Transit buses and Barrie’s Emerging Musicians will entertain at various locations in downtown Barrie.
New this year, local artists from PRNT Collective will create printed t-shirts using textures from objects around the city such as metal drain covers and sidewalk grates.
Just Beat It! The search for Simcoe County’s best drummer will take place Saturday from 3–5 p.m. at Five Points Theatre, presented by Pratt Homes & Development. Watch local drummers aged 21 and under compete for the chance to win a cash prize, cymbal pack and more.
The MacLaren Art Centre’s Carnegie Days also takes place over the Culture Days weekend. Carnegie Days is an annual festival of art and language that celebrates the origins of the Art Centre building as the 1917 Carnegie public library with exhibitions, public art projects, lectures, readings, video screenings, workshops and other public programming.
Culture Days is a Canada-wide celebration that was created in response to the growing recognition that a vibrant arts and cultural sector contributes directly to a healthy and stable society. Barrie has been celebrating Culture Days since 2010 with the goal of providing a behind-the-scenes look at the arts.
For a full list of Culture Days events, please visit www.barrie.ca/CultureDays.

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Artistic rendition of proposed Fisher Auditorium arts and event centre

Barrie has taken another step towards the possible revitalizing of the W.A. Fisher Auditorium into a 650-seat theatre and 400-seat event centre.
Monday night, general committee approved a staff recommendation to remove conditions that had been set in relation to a land deal between the City and developer, HIP Barrie Central Inc. (HIP). Conditions included a plan over the presence of Chimney Swifts, birds which have nested on the site for years and are classified as an endangered species.
“HIP has completed studies and has prepared a Mitigation and Restoration Plan that has been accepted by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Vegetation has been removed from the Fisher Property by HIP in accordance with the City Tree Policy. No other Species at Risk issues have been identified,” a staff report informed committee.
If adopted by council next week, the City would sell the Red Storey field, once the football and track field of Barrie Central Collegiate, to HIP, along with a strip of property along Bradford Street. In exchange the City would get the auditorium land. The developer wants to build residential units along Bradford.
The City is hopeful that the Barrie YMCA will integrate its planned new centre into the development of the auditorium, but if that doesn’t turn out to be the case then staff is to report back with potential alternatives “should the YMCA choose to locate elsewhere,” reads the report.
The motion adopted by committee included an increase of $200,000 in the budget of Capital Project #000633 (Fisher Auditorium Redevelopment) “to address costs associated with completing the transactions,” and that “a portion of the allocated funds previously approved … be used to conduct property due diligence activities such as survey, geotechnical, environmental and archaeological investigations.”
According to the report, the 1.465 hectares of the Red Storey field has an agreed purchase price of $5,259,000 (HIP purchase from City), with the property having been appraised in the range of $4,835,000 to $5,054,000.
Another .215 hectares of land along Bradford will be included in the deal. It will be sold to the developer for $955,000. The Fisher Auditorium land comes with a purchase price for the City of $6,214,000.
“The property was appraised by an external appraiser which estimated value for property outside of the floodplain to be $2,906,000 per hectare and property within the floodplain to be $1,453,000 per hectare. The area of the property to be purchased consists of approximately 0.935 hectares outside of the floodplain and 0.849 hectares within the floodplain and equates to an appraised value of $3,951,000.
“In addition to the appraised value of the property, staff have attributed a value to Fisher Auditorium of $1,234,000. The purchase price exceeds the appraisal value by $1,029,000,” reads the report.
The land deals are conditional upon “council approval, due diligence investigations of soil conditions and the simultaneous completion of all the agreements.”
It has been reported that the anticipated costs for the auditorium project are in the neighbourhood of $25 million.
To read the report, click here.

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Proposed townhouse development subject of public meeting

A rezoning is being requested to allow 78 back-to-back townhouse units to be developed on Edgehill Drive

A public meeting was held Monday night in council chambers regarding a rezoning request to permit the construction of a townhouse development on Edgehill Drive.
The application to rezone was  submitted by Innovative Planning Solutions Inc. on behalf of 1980168 Ontario Inc. for lands known municipally as 105, 107, 109, and 111 Edgehill Drive. The rezoning from Residential Single Detached Dwelling Second Density (R2) to Residential Multiple Dwelling Second Density with Special Provisions (RM2-[SP-XXX]) is being requested to allow 78 back-to-back townhouse units within five three-story buildings to be developed.
According to a memo to council regarding the public meeting, special provisions are requested to allow “the development of back-to-back townhouse units, a reduced front yard setback, an increase in maximum lot coverage, maximum gross floor area, building height, and density, a reduction in the number of required parking spaces, and the request to permit unconsolidated amenity space.”
A neighbourhood meeting was held on Sept. 5 with 15 members of the public attending. Matters of concern raised were:
• Traffic circulation and road capacity
• On-site parking capacity
• The health of the stream and its relocation|
• The capacity of local parks and schools.
City planning staff are currently working with the applicant and their consultants, with the primary planning and land use matters under consideration being:
• Proposed built form
• Site design and integration into the local neighbourhood
• Appropriateness of requested site specific amendments
• The health of the natural features and proposed mitigation measures.
In a presentation document from Innovative Planning Solutions, it was stated the development is:
• An appropriate location for high density development
• Has sufficient access to amenities and transportation infrastructure to support additional density
• Has existing variety of housing densities and types along Edgehill Drive
• Intensification along a collector road, as provided in the Official Plan
• One that optimizes the use of existing infrastructure to support growth in a compact and efficient form
• Consistent with Provincial Policy Statement, Growth Plan and City of Barrie’s Official Plan.
It’s expected that staff will have a report prepared for council in December.

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Elementary students going to a city school will be invited to submit an ‘I love Barrie’ essay, an extension of a Ward 10 contest organized by Coun. Mike McCann.
In a memo to council from Rebecca James-Reid, executive director of Access Barrie, it’s explained the contest will be open to students attending elementary schools within city limits for February 2019.
The contest is an extension of the Ward 10 effort “whereby students who live or attend school in (the ward) were invited to submit an essay outlining their favourite things about their home in Barrie. The contest engaged youth in local government and inspired young people to reflect on what they love about their community, with the goal of spreading positivity,” she writes.
For 2019, the contest will expand across the city. Word of the contest will be promoted through a coordinated effort by City and school board staff, and through the City’s regular channels of communication. Participants will be asked to write a 350-500 word essay on why they love Barrie.
Entries can be submitted online via Barrie.ca and in person to Service Barrie. It will launch on Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day) with a submission deadline of March 28, 2019. The top three submissions will be posted on Barrie.ca, featured on City social media channels and the students will receive an ‘Experience Barrie PrizePack.’
Judges will include the mayor, a councillor and a staff person from Access Barrie.

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Rec Centres celebrating milestones this fall

Barrie’s three recreation centres are celebrating milestone anniversaries this fall and everyone’s invited to join. Each event features a line-up of free fun for the whole family.
Allandale Recreation Centre’s 35th Anniversary – Saturday, September 22, 2 – 7 p.m.

  • 2 – 3 p.m. coffee/tea and cake
  • 3 – 5 p.m. balloon artist, face painting, cotton candy machine, moonwalk bouncers
  • 3 – 4:30 p.m. open swim; underwater photo booth and “try it” snorkel
  • 5 – 7 p.m. open skate to 80’s music

East Bayfield Community Centre’s 15th Anniversary – Saturday, September 29, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. inflatable obstacle course, face painting, candy floss, colouring contest, ZOO Tek, Inclusion sensory activities, Lego station, Nerf wars
  • 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. adapted sport hand biking
  • 12:30 – 2 p.m. pickle ball/badminton
  • 12:30 – 1:15 p.m. aqua finning
  • 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. open swim
  • 20 min Samplers: 11:15 a.m. Zumba; 11:45 a.m. Boot Camp; 12:15 p.m. Yoga; 12:45 p.m. On the Ball; 1:15 p.m. Zumba
  • Birthday Party food special: hot dog/popcorn/pop for $1.50

Holly Community Centre’s 10th Anniversary – Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. arts, crafts, face painting, photo booth
  • 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. camp songs, games
  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. open gym, Lego
  • 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. open swim with Mermaid Demo
  • 12:45 – 2 p.m. family basketball
  • 1 – 2 p.m. giant games
  • 1 p.m. coffee and birthday cake
  • Birthday party food special: hot dog/popcorn/pop for $1.50
  • Time Capsule – bring items reflective of 2018 for inclusion in a special time capsule that will be sealed and opened for Holly’s 20th anniversary in 2028.
  • Also check out Holly’s 3rd Annual Fall Market. Numerous local artisans and vendors will be selling fresh baked goods, jewelry, furniture, clothing, toys, skin care and home décor.
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Police charge Barrie man following stabbing, Friday

A Barrie man, 23, has been charged with offences related to a stabbing Friday night.
On Friday, Sept. 21 just after 8 p.m. police responded to a stabbing in the area of Collier and Clapperton streets, they report. When officers arrived, they located a victim who had sustained an injury after being stabbed.
The victim, a 32-year-old Barrie man, was transported to a local hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Investigators canvassed the area and determined the incident had taken place in the area of Worsley and Clapperton streets and that two men were known to each other, which led to the targeted attack.
Saturday morning, the suspect was located in the area of Toronto and Dunlop streets, and he was arrested without incident. He has been charged with aggravated assault, robbery, and three counts of fail to comply with probation. He will remain in custody and appear in bail court via video remand.

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If included, the patio would add about 1,000 square feet to the existing 8,000 square feet on the terminal’s second floor


 

As part of the City’s arrangement with the Sandbox Entrepreneurship Centre to use the second floor of the downtown transit terminal, staff is recommending the extended rooftop space be included for use as an outdoor patio.
If approved by council, the use of the space would be subject to the centre meeting all building permit requirements and specified conditions of the lease, according to a staff report prepared by Karen Dubeau, director of the creative economy.
Last October council passed a motion supporting the creation of an entrepreneurship centre on the second floor of the terminal. The City agreed to provide an “in-kind contribution towards the initiative by waiving the rent and TUMI (taxes, insurance, maintenance and utilities) costs for the facility. As the vast majority of these costs are already included in the City’s base operating budget, there was no new financial impact to the tax base for the in-kind contribution,” states the report.
It continues that “as a means of protecting taxpayers and ensuring a return on investment made by the City in the form of free rent, taxes, utilities, maintenance and insurance in a publicly owned prime waterfront location, a report be presented to General Committee after the Sandbox’s first three years of operation assessing (its) ability to deliver value to the business, entrepreneurial and broader community, based on performance metrics to be determined.”
The outdoor patio, continues the report, “would add significant benefits to the overall attractiveness of the space … supporting the social and networking collisions intended for businesses and start-ups in the space. The proposed design includes replacing current windows on the south-side wall with larger windows for enhanced views of Kempenfelt Bay, and a large glass sliding door for access to the outdoor patio.”
If included, the patio would add about 1,000 square feet to the existing 8,000 square feet on the terminal’s second floor. The centre, continues the report, has been able to obtain “corporate funding and in-kind materials and services contributions to meet the capital requirements for the implementation of the proposed patio space. Therefore, there would be no financial implications to the City of Barrie’s capital plan.
“The inclusion of an attractive, outdoor patio space and larger windows will increase the overall marketability and property value of the space. The improvement is leveraging private sector dollars to benefit a municipal asset. The use of the space is consistent with, and supportive of, a downtown Creative Hub, and will act as an attractor to the space.”
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This campus is a partnership between Barrie and County of Simcoe. Once complete, it will house the Barrie Police Service, Simcoe County Paramedic Services and Barrie Fire and Emergency Service dispatch communications in one location at 110 Fairview Road in Barrie.



 

Major site construction of the Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus is “ongoing and progressing well,” with hard construction costs currently 0.4 per cent under budget, relates a staff memo to council.
“Milestones to be completed prior to the end of 2018 include: total superstructure complete for Building A and foundations complete for Building C, preparation for site works and asphalt, installation of the communication tower, demobilization of both stationary cranes and making the south portion of building A weather tight,” states the memo, written by J. Liefl, manager of facility planning and development.
“Substantial and total project completion are on track to be completed December 2019 and January 2020 respectively.”
This campus is a partnership between Barrie and County of Simcoe. Once complete, it will house the Barrie Police Service, Simcoe County Paramedic Services and Barrie Fire and Emergency Service dispatch communications in one location at 110 Fairview Road in Barrie.
The memo continues that an application to the Municipal Greenhouse Gas Challenge Fund for $4,500,000 “based on proposed energy efficiencies of building mechanical systems at the new” campus was not selected.
Also, a new phosphorus offset policy has been launched by the Lake Simcoe Regional Conservation Authority (LSRCA). As of Jan. 1, 2018 all new developments are required to control 100 per cent of the phosphorus from leaving their property. Work was done to “review and revise the storm water management approach for the campus site,” relates the memo, with site plan approval being achieved on Aug. 22.
“The phosphorous offsetting program was not in place at the time of capital budget approval for the Campus in 2017. The City’s 10-year capital plan forecasts several engineering projects in close proximity, outside the limits of the site, which would result in a zero net phosphorous load, or potentially an offset credit.
“As the City is currently working through capital budget prioritization, it is not feasible at this time to make a specific project commitment, as Council prioritization and approvals will not be completed until March of 2019. The City is (committed) to continue working with the LSRCA … to determine the most suitable projects to be executed within two years of completion of the BSESC project, and … will continue to work with the LSRCA to make suitable arrangements to use any credits that have been generated through this agreement.”
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Police investigate gunshot damage to abandoned home

Barrie police are appealing to the public for assistance after an abandoned home was damaged last Saturday.
Just before 8:30 a.m., police responded to a residence on Dunlop Street West after receiving a report from a witness who observed the front window of an abandoned home damaged as a result of bullet holes.
Investigators have confirmed the home was abandoned, and vacant at the time of the incident, and determined the damaged was a result of a single gunshot to the front window. Investigators canvassed that area and determined the incident occurred early Saturday morning between 2:00 a.m. and 4:00 a.m.
There have been no reports of injuries as a result of the incident and the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information or who may have residential video surveillance is asked to contact Barrie Police Investigative Services at 705-725-7025, ext. 2129 or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com

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