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International students are beating a path to Georgian College classrooms this fall, and they need a place to live. Local families are being encouraged to help by participating in the Homestay program.
The college is expecting about 1,200 new international students across its Barrie, Orangeville, Orillia, Owen Sound and South Georgian Bay campuses. As well as the Homestay program, the college is encouraging property owners and landlords to list furnished rental units on places4students.com.
While the college welcomes traditional rentals, students in the Homestay program expect to learn about life in Canada – and adjust to their new community – with the help of host families. They’re looking to experience typical Canadian family dynamics, make new friends, and improve their English.
Homestay host Lisa Tooke has lived in a few different countries and has also travelled extensively. She’s always looking for new ways to help her two sons experience different cultures.
“We’re not able to travel the world right now so I expose them to different languages, foods and cultures whenever I can,” said Tooke, who has hosted students from China, Japan, Brazil and Panama over the past four years and says her family has much about their customs, culture and family life.
In turn, her Homestay students have discovered what life in Canada is like from a family perspective.
“They’ve seen how I raise my two sons versus how they have been raised, which may be totally different.”
Tooke includes her students in all her family activities.
“We’ve gone camping and taken road trips to Manitoulin Island, Tobermory, and through Muskoka to see the fall colours. They’re part of all our celebrations.”
She also encourages them to take advantage of the free activities they can tap into in Barrie. Tooke said she would totally recommend becoming a Homestay host.
“We can all learn from others and gain an awareness of different cultures and a broader look at life. You’re sharing your life with a stranger who soon becomes a friend and family member.”
She added that most students want to be a part of everything Canadian – especially being part of a family unit.
“We’ve learned to be patient when English is not their first language, and Google Translate helps a lot when we’re stuck,” she laughed.
Tom and Maureen Staples have also hosted several international students through the Homestay program. They have seven children, but six are grown and have moved away.
“We were so used to having children around – and a full house. It was just a no brainer,” explained Maureen. “I get to have new daughters and new sons, from all over the world.”
When you make the decision to welcome an international student into your home, you’re giving them a head start on their transition into Canadian life, explained Marina Tomchak, who manages international student housing at Georgian.
“Students require support, but many host families gain so much more than they give. Some build friendships that last a lifetime.”
Homestay students pay $600 to $900 monthly, depending on whether hosts provide meals. Hosts must provide a furnished private bedroom, as well as access to laundry machines, kitchen and bathroom facilities, and Wi-Fi. Hosts opting to feed their students must provide food for three nutritious meals every day.
Anyone interested in becoming a Homestay host should apply at whyihost.canadahomestaynetwork.ca. People with furnished rooms who don’t wish to host can list their rental units on places4students.com or send an email to gcintlhousing@georgiancollege.ca.

Gracious hosts: The Staples (right) and their Homestay guests (left) enjoy breakfast on the back deck. Family meals are a big draw for international students looking for accommodations through the Homestay program. (Georgian College / Doug Crawford)
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A swim advisory has been recommended by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) for Minets Point Beach due to elevated bacteriological results.
Samples were taken on Monday and re-sampling is scheduled to occur Tuesday afternoon, with results expected Wednesday afternoon.   
According to the health unit, water quality can change daily or even hourly depending on the weather and other conditions. Swimmers are encouraged to make smart decisions about beach-water quality before swimming.
Water quality at designated public beaches is tested regularly for bacteria. However, due to the delay in receiving lab results, beachgoers cannot rely on only lab results to know if it is safe to swim. Swimmers are advised to consider a number of factors before going in the water, such as rain, wind, the presence of waterfowl, wet sand and shallow water.

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The coming days are expected to be among the hottest of the summer, with real temperatures soaring into the 30s.
With such heat forecast, the City of Barrie reminds residents to keep cool and stay safe. During a high heat alert, the public 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.
Barrie has a number of amenities that can help residents beat the heat, including:
• 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 practice 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
• 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
• Splash around at the splash pad at Lampman Lane Park or the popular water feature at Heritage Park
• The City’s recreation centres and libraries are open and available to the public during regular operating hours.

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For the eighth year running, Barrie firefighters are having a meet-and-greet session to ‘cool down’ local residents.
In what has become an annual tradition, the Barrie Fire and Emergency Service (BFES) is participating in Hot Summer Nights, a free summertime event offered by the City of Barrie.
Kids of all ages can check out the cooling fire truck shower, meet firefighters, ask fire safety questions and participate in hands-on activities such as a retro combat gear challenge to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the service. Domino’s Pizza will be on site at the events selling pizza slices for $1 each, with proceeds going to charity.
“Events like Hot Summer Nights reflect our vision of getting to know the community better and educating residents to ensure they are safe, all while having fun,” says Samantha Hoffmann, Public Fire and Life Safety Officer, BFES.
Hot Summer Nights take place from 6 to 8 p.m. during July and August, weather permitting, on the following dates:
• July 18 – Shear Park, 21-23 Holgate Street
• July 25 – Pringle Park, 29 Pringle Drive
• Aug. 1 – Sunnidale Park, 227 Sunnidale Road
• Aug. 8 – Painswick Park, 231 Ashford Drive
• Aug. 15 – Batteaux Park, 443 Mapleton Avenue
• Aug. 21 – Lawnchair Luminata at Meridian Place, downtown Barrie (note: this event takes place from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.)
For more information, visit barrie.ca. If any of the above dates are cancelled due to weather, a notice will be shared on Barrie Fire’s Twitter account.

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City Hall offers funding for LGBTQIA2+ initiatives

The City of Barrie is accepting applications from community organizations for up to $7,000 in one-time funding for LGBTQIA2+ programs and initiatives, including Pride celebrations and anti-bullying programs that benefit the Barrie community.
In May, Council approved $14,000 in funding for LGBTQIA2+ initiatives, including the installation of a rainbow crosswalk across Simcoe Street at Meridian Place. The crosswalk was installed at a cost of $7,000, funded by private donations. The City is investing an additional $7,000 to support LGBTQIA2+ programs through one-time community grants.
Eligible organizations are encouraged to apply for the following two grant streams:
Investing in Community Organizations Grant – funding for existing, not-for-profit organizations dedicated to improving the lives of LGBTQIA2+ youth and families. Funding must be for either a new program or resource, or to scale an existing program to meet an identified need in the community.
Building Community Grant – funding for existing or new organizations who are seeking to establish or grow the LGBTQIA2+ members or services in their community.  Funding must be for a campaign, program or resource to be deployed within their community. Priority will be given to those organizations serving Indigenous/First Nations communities, new Canadians, and youth at risk. If the applicant organization is not a registered not-for-profit, they must apply in partnership with a registered not for profit organization. The City of Barrie encourages community partnerships for this grant program.                                             
A jury of individuals from outside of Barrie with expertise in LGBTQIA2+ issues will be recruited to review the submissions and make recommendations on the awards. Individuals affiliated in any way with the organizations submitting proposals will be ineligible to participate on the jury. Applications are being accepted until August 9, 2019. For more information, including the application form and guidelines, visitbarrie.ca/CulturalGrants.

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Georgian College is hosting a summer event on July 16 to support mature students interested in going back to college.
Get Help to Go Back offers an opportunity to connect with college admissions and recruitment staff. Participants can speak to a career consultant, go on a campus tour, get one-on-one support with both full- and part-time program research, college applications, and more.
Plus, if you apply in person at the event, Georgian will cover your Ontario College Application Service (OCAS) application fee.
“We’ve had a great response to our Get Help to Go Back events – especially for those who have been out of school for a while,” said Kailey Hawkins, Interim Manager of Student Recruitment at Georgian.
“If you’re thinking of training for a new career but aren’t sure where to start, our knowledgeable and friendly staff from our student recruitment team, part-time studies and academic upgrading are here to help with ideas and provide information about how to take that next step. We can make the process easier for mature learners.”
Anyone interested in participating should RSVP online to ensure adequate staffing. Get Help to Go Back will take place at all seven campus locations in Barrie, Midland, Muskoka (Bracebridge), Orillia, Owen Sound, Orangeville and South Georgian Bay (Collingwood), from 5 to 7 p.m. on July 16.
Participants are welcome to bring family and friends. Parking is free for Get Help to Go Back guests. You will receive detailed instructions about how to access complimentary parking when you RSVP online.

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Ward 9 councillor Sergio Morales

Shot down at council, Ward 9 councillor Sergio Morales has turned to the Barrie Police Service Board for information on the financial and operational implications of a safe injection site on police services.
The vote on whether to approve the site proposed for 90 Mulcaster Street was deferred until October during a July 4 council meeting. At that session Morales tabled an amendment that council ask the Barrie Police Service for a memo outlining the possible financial and operational implications if a site were to be approved and located in Barrie. 
“Unfortunately, that amendment failed a vote. Considering that Mayor Jeff Lehman made it clear that we should have all the information we need before the (site) recommendation comes back to (council) in the fall, and to not leave request for information to the last minute, I was surprised and shocked that the amendment failed,” he writes in a letter to the Police Service Board.
Continuing that he considers it to be “within my scope, and most importantly, within my duty to ask for such information,” Morales says he has contacted both Mayor Jeff Lehman and Chief Kimberly Greenwood, who encouraged him to direct his request to the board’s directors.
In his letter to the board, he writes “I am contacting you … with the request that (council) is provided with a memo outlining the possible financial and operational implications if a (site) were to be approved and located in the City of Barrie, by September 30th, 2019 at 4:30 p.m, so that we have it by the time” the matter returns to council.
Morales also seeks information on Barrie Police Service resources, operational and financial, “that have been allocated to opioid-related events, including but not related to overdoses, calls for service” at the Barrie Public Library, “businesses, and residential homes, and extra calls for service in neighbourhoods where a (site) is established, amongst others metrics” the board feels are relevant.
“Including metric information from enough years back before reported opioid-related events began to spike would assist us in quantifying the existing impact opioids are having on (police).”
Here’s a link to the councillor’s Facebook page where the letter is posted.

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Gaining practical, on-the-job experience is a crucial component for success for post-secondary education students studying in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and business. The opportunity to work in an industry setting also helps students align technical, foundational and work-ready skills that Canadian employers need.
Georgian College and the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) have announced a partnership agreement to help bridge the skills gap in high-growth sectors in the digital economy and work toward providing opportunities for students to be better prepared for the digital workforce as part of ICTC’s Workplace Integrated Learning (WIL) Digital Program.
Both organizations recognize the benefits of fostering collaboration between business, academia and associations to prepare students with the skills needs of business, both parties will work together to strengthen relations with industry and increase communications about the education perspective and needs.
“Georgian is Ontario’s number one co-op college and a leader in work integrated learning,” said MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO, Georgian College.
“Today’s workplace requires advanced technical and social skills and through our collaborative partnerships with area employers and organizations like ICTC, we are ensuring our students are prepared to contribute, innovate and thrive when they graduate.”
Elizabeth Mills, ICTC’S Director Skills Development, says they are pleased to have signed a memorandum of understanding with the college.
“To preserve Canada’s competitiveness in response to rapid technological change and increasing global competition, industry and post-secondary education institutions must collaborate on the preparation of a highly skilled workforce. 
“Georgian College is a leader in engaging business in this way and with facilitating work integrated learning opportunities for its students.  Annually the college facilitates over 3,500 co-op and internship work terms.  Through WIL Digital agreement, employers working with Georgian will be able to increase the number of work terms they offer and Georgian will be able to engage employers that have not been able to provide work terms.”
ICTC is a not-for-profit national centre of expertise for the digital economy. It is the trusted source for evidence-based policy advice, forward looking research, and creative capacity building programs for the digital economy. 
The ICTC WIL Digital Program is designed to work with academic institutions and industry to give students the skills needed to work in emerging technology sectors.  Over four years, WIL Digital will create over a thousand high-quality work experiences for students across Canada. The program is funded by the Government of Canada’s Student Work Placement Program.

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Barrie’s new smoking bylaw which went into effect on June 17, 2019 has been has been expanded to include cannabis, vaping and e-cigarettes, and increased restrictions on where smoking can take place, in accordance with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act. 
Some of the main updated smoking restrictions include:
• Recreation centres/arenas are completely smoke-free on the property as well an additional 20 metre radius surrounding the property.
• Smoking is not permitted on all property owned or operated by the City of Barrie which has been designated as parkland (e.g. sports fields, splash pads, fitness areas, playgrounds, etc.)
• Smoking is not permitted on or within nine metres surrounding an outdoor food service patio.
• The definition of ‘smoke’ has been updated to include cannabis and tobacco. As well, the definition of ‘smoking’ has been updated to include vaping, e-cigarettes or any similar product whether the product is lit or not.
New signage is being installed at parks and facilities throughout the city to remind people where smoking is not permitted, however if in doubt, put it out. City enforcement staff will be out in the community educating people on the new regulations and conducting enforcement when required.
For more information about the new smoking by-law, please visit barrie.ca/SmokingBylaw.

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Where activities may be water-based, young children should always be supervised and wear a proper personal floatation device (PFD) or lifejacket no matter how strong a swimmer or how old they may be.

The Barrie Police Service is reminding the residents that they have the ability to make the summer of 2019 one to remember for all the right reasons.
By simply incorporating a few extra minutes into your planning and preparation, this will ensure that you and your family can enjoy the whole summer and not just part of it.
The family vehicle will no doubt be the one of the most important items that should be properly checked before heading anywhere this summer. By making sure that vehicle is road worthy, you want to make sure that everything from the tires to the engine is working properly and that all the fluid levels are topped off.
A mechanical inspection and tuneup are good ideas to give the peace of mind that your vehicle will deliver you to and from your destinations.  This holds true for travel trailers and boats as well – by taking the time now, you will ensure that they can deliver what they are meant to provide when you are away.
For people who may be away for an extended period of time, it is important to give your home the look that someone is there, even when you may not be. Having the lawn cut, picking up papers and flyers, interior and exterior lights on timers and even a neighbour’s car in the driveway can all help.
Where activities may be water-based, young children should always be supervised and wear a proper personal floatation device (PFD) or lifejacket no matter how strong a swimmer or how old they may be. Non-swimmers should always wear a PFD when entering a pool or a lake as we have seen far too many people lose their lives because they were not prepared properly for the water they entered.
When packing your vehicle and trailer, always ensure that any loose items are properly secured and remember to stop occasionally to check that nothing has loosed up while you have travelling. Drivers should also pack a little patience and always give yourself plenty of time to get to where you wish to go. As motorists, you have no control over road closures, lane reductions due to seasonal construction or broken down vehicles that create a visual distraction for everyone travelling on that stretch of road.
Don’t become a victim of crime as it is preventable in most cases. By always locking your vehicle, securing valuables out of sight and following some of these safety tips, your summer can be one to remember for the right reasons.

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It promises to be a fun-filled weekend in Barrie, with an airshow, Promenade days, and Canada Day fireworks scheduled.
The following municipal services will be affected in Barrie this Canada Day weekend:

Barrie Transit
Free Air Show Shuttle: A section of Route 1 and Route 8 will be free to encourage airshow visitors to park at either East Bayfield Community Centre or Allandale Recreation Centre. The times and locations of free service are listedwww.barrie.ca/TransitNotice. Barrie Transit will run Regular Sunday Service on Monday, July 1.

Curbside Collection
There will be no garbage, organics, recycling, and yard waste collection on Canada Day, Monday. Collection during the week of this holiday will occur one day later throughout the week. (www.barrie.ca/CurbsideCollection). Reminder: materials must always be curbside by 7 a.m. on your collection day and the landfill site is closed to the public every Sunday and Monday.

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 per hour with a daily maximum of $20 (www.barrie.ca/parking).

City Hall
Barrie City Hall will be closed on Monday, July 1.

Recreation Centres
All recreation centres will be closed on Monday, July 1.

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Summer officially arrived June 21, but for those looking for the signs of summer, it could be today (June 28) when lifeguards take their posts on Barrie’s beaches.
City lifeguards will be on duty at Centennial and Johnson’s beaches starting today from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. daily, weather permitting.
Signs will be posted to note when lifeguards are on duty and buoy lines will mark the designated supervised swimming areas. There is no supervision available at any of the other waterfront locations, including Minet’s Point Park Beach, Tyndale Park Beach, Heritage Park Water Feature, and Wilkins Beach.
Once again this summer, the City of Barrie is partnering with the Canadian Red Cross for the PFD Loan Service. This program allows visitors to borrow Personal Flotation Devices 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. More than 260 people participated in the program in 2018. For more information about Barrie’s beaches, visit barrie.ca/beaches.
While lifeguards will be on duty this weekend, residents are reminded that water restrictions will be in place to ensure the safety of both the public and participants during the Barrie Air Show. The following restrictions will be in place on Friday, from 12 – 9 p.m. and Saturday, from 12 – 5 p.m. Times may be extended if the air show is delayed.
• A safety line will be placed in the water from Johnson’s Beach to Minet’s Point Park, which will be enforced by the Barrie Police and their service partners on Lake Simcoe. Public viewing by boat will be permitted east of the safety line. 
• Boating and water-based activities will be restricted west of that line, including boating, swimming, kayaking, canoeing and SUPing. Centennial and Johnson’s beaches are within the restricted area.
• Barrie Marina and Tiffin boat launches will be closed all day June 28 and June 29 until 5 p.m. Boaters are encouraged to use nearby public launches, including Innisfil, Orillia area and Shanty Bay.

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On Monday at 2:27 p.m., members of the Barrie Police Service responded to a report of deceased male located in a heavily wood area adjacent to the onramp to southbound Highway 400 from southbound Bayfield Street in the City of Barrie.
As a result of the investigation which was conducted by the Barrie Police Criminal Investigation Division, who were assisted by the Forensic Identification Unit, the 40-year old victim has been positively identified and next of kin notifications have been made.
The deceased was removed from the scene late Monday afternoon and transported to the Office of the Chief Coroner and Forensic Pathology Service (OCC-OFPS) in Toronto where a post mortem is scheduled to take place today.
This death investigation is continuing and police are assisting the Coroner.

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Barrie police seek the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted for two recent armed robberies in Barrie.
On Monday, June 17, at approximately 2 a.m., the suspect entered the Ultramar gas station located at 375 Mapleview Drive. The suspect, police report, immediately walked to the counter, displayed a weapon and made a demand for cash. The suspect obtained a quantity of cash before fleeing southwest from the store on foot. The employee was not physically injured as a result of the incident.
On Monday, June 24, at approximately 2:00 a.m., the same suspect entered the Circle K located at 420 Leacock Drive. The suspect immediately walked to the counter, displayed a weapon and made a demand for cash. The suspect obtained a quantity of cash before fleeing from the store on foot. The employee was not physically injured as a result of the incident.
The same suspect is believed to be responsible for both robberies, and iOS described as:
• White, male
• Mid 20s to early 30s
• About 5’8” – 6’0” tall, medium build
• Wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a logo on the front left, light coloured piping and a logo on the back bottom right and a dark grey shirt underneath the hooded sweatshirt, a black bandana with white lettering covering his face and green running shoes.
In the first occurrence, the suspect was wearing black track pants and grey gardening gloves with black palms. In the second occurrence, the suspect was wearing what is believed to be the same pants turned inside out and yellow gardening gloves with black palms.
Investigating officers are asking anyone who may have information to please contact the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext. 2129. 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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Canada’s Snowbirds and the CF-18 Demo Team return to Barrie for Canada Day festivities, including a free airshow on Friday and Saturday.
The high-flying act is presented in partnership with the City of Barrie, Downtown Barrie BIA, and Canadian Forces Base Borden. To cap the weekend off, the City is hosting its annual Canada Day party July 1 in conjunction with Downtown Barrie’s Promenade Days.

Barrie Air Show

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The Canadian Forces Snowbirds and CF-18 Demo Team will perform two shows over Kempenfelt Bay on Friday at 6 p.m., and Saturday, at 1 p.m. There will also be a practice run on Friday, at approximately 1 p.m. Recommended viewing for the show is at Heritage Park, Centennial Park, Allandale Station Park, and the parks along the north and south shore of Kempenfelt Bay. Tune in to 87.9 FM from the waterfront to follow along with show commentary.
The fun continues with Canadian Forces Base Borden displays and a kiddie commando course in Heritage Park from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday. Enjoy aviation-themed activities at Terminal 4 at Five Points Theatre, presented by Pratt Homes & Development, featuring flight simulators, displays, story time, vendors and more from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday to Monday. On Saturday at 9:30 p.m., head to Meridian Place for a special outdoor screening of Top Gun. 

Viewing from water

In order to ensure the safety of both the public and the air show participants during this event, the following restrictions will be in place on Friday from 12 – 9 p.m. and Saturday from 12 – 5 p.m. Times may be extended if the air show is delayed.  
• A safety line will be placed in the water from Johnson’s Beach to Minet’s Point Park, which will be enforced by the Barrie Police and their service partners on Lake Simcoe. 
• Public viewing by boat will be permitted east of the safety line. 
• Boats and water-based activities will be restricted west of that line including boating, swimming, kayaking, canoeing and SUPing.
• Barrie Marina and Tiffin boat launches will be closed all day Saturday and Friday until 5 p.m. Boaters are encouraged to use nearby public launches, including Innisfil, Orillia area and Shanty Bay.

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Canada Day

On Monday, head downtown to enjoy family activities and vendors in Heritage Park as well as live entertainment, funded in part by the Government of Canada and Tim Hortons.
The Promenade Days Stage at Meridian Place will be headlined by CCMA Award winner (2018 Songwriter of the Year) and Canadian Country Music star, Aaron Goodvin, and supported by up-and-comer Kalsey Kulyk. There will be a birthday cake cut by local dignitaries and a variety of activities including face painting, Canadian wildlife displays, inflatables, vendors and games from 1 to 9 p.m.
Capping off the night on Monday, the City of Barrie will present a spectacular fireworks show over Kempenfelt Bay starting at 10 p.m. In case of inclement weather, fireworks will be held Tuesday, July 2. This information will be shared on Creative Barrie social media accounts at twitter.com/CreativeBarrie and facebook.com/CreativeBarrie, and the Special Events line 705-739-4285.
The celebrations continue with Promenade Days, happening June 28 to July 1 in downtown Barrie. Promenade Days is presented by the Downtown Barrie BIA and features vendors, street patios, family activities, and entertainment along Dunlop Street. downtownbarrie.ca/promenade-days  For more information about the Canada Day weekend celebrations, including the Barrie Air Show and full entertainment schedule, visit barrie.ca/CanadaDay.

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General Richard Rohmer was the recipient of an honorary degree at Georgian College’s convocation ceremonies
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A decorated and well-known World War Two and D-Day veteran was honoured at a ceremony this week at the Barrie Molson Centre.
Georgian College presented decorated Canadian aviator and respected lawyer Honorary Lieutenant-General Richard Rohmer with the Board of Governors’ Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies.
College President and CEO MaryLynn West-Moynes and Board of Governors’ Chair Don Gordon presented the degree to Rohmer during convocation ceremonies at the Barrie Molson Centre, this past Tuesday.
“General Rohmer embodies all the criteria and exemplifies the college’s values in many ways,” said West-Moynes. “He has consistently achieved excellence in all his endeavours, including his outstanding service in the Canadian Armed Forces, his successful career as a lawyer and honorary posts in a number of organizations.”
The college’s Board of Governors’ Honorary Bachelor of Applied Studies is presented to a recipient who has enhanced or promoted the college’s image and reputation in Ontario or elsewhere; made a significant contribution to society; and achieved noted accomplishments in a particular field of study or applied education. 
General Rohmer took part in D-Day and is a senior Canadian veteran of the battles of Normandy, Belgium and Holland. As Ministerial Advisor to the Minister of Veterans Affairs, he took part in the planning and preparation of the government’s celebration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day at Juno Beach in Normandy in 2014, and was engaged in plans for the in-Holland Canadian celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands in 2015.
He also co-chaired the Ontario advisory committee that created the veterans’ memorial unveiled in September 2006 in front of the provincial legislature at Queen’s Park in Toronto.
A lawyer and member of the Ontario Bar, General Rohmer completed his legal studies at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. He remains an active senior member of the Toronto law firm of Rohmer & Fenn, an international and national aviation and commercial litigation practice.
“General Rohmer is an exceptional role model for Georgian students and all Canadians,” said West-Moynes. “Among his many accolades, he is Senior Honorary Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police, Honorary Chief of the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs and Honorary Chief of Toronto Paramedic Services. For his great service to our country we all owe him a debt of gratitude.”
General Rohmer is author of more than 30 books and a recognized historian who lives in Collingwood. He is also Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Windsor.

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The Barrie Police Service is seeking the public’s assistance after a fail-to-remain collision that took place last Sunday, involving a nine-year-old boy.
On Sunday at 12:58 p.m., the Barrie boy was riding his bicycle on Agnes Street when a car travelling in the same direction came into contact with him, causing him to fall from his bike onto the roadway, police report. The driver got out for a brief moment, but jumped back into his car only to drive away at a high rate of speed. The entire incident was captured by a home video surveillance camera. The young cyclist sustained non-life threatening injuries as a result of this fail to remain collision.
The involved motor vehicle, which is believed to be a white Chrysler 300, has black sport style rims and should have some damage to the passenger side, front right corner. The driver is described as male tanned, heavy build, short black curly hair and was dressed in all black clothing.
Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Constable Guerrero at 705-725-7025, ext. 2628 or by email at dguerrero@barriepolice.ca. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.
Police are encouraging the driver to either contact the investigating officer or attend to the Barrie Police Service Headquarters located at 29 Sperling Drive so that this collision can be properly investigated.

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Peter B. Moore’s family helped celebrate the official unveiling of the external signage for the Peter B. Moore Advanced Technology Centre at the Barrie Campus on June 20. From left to right: Alison Moore, Stephen Moore (holding Henry), Phillip Moore, Peter B. Moore, Trevor O’Hara, Pamela Moore and Lois O’Hara. (Georgian College / Doug Crawford)
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Signage for a centre that is being called a “game-changer” at Georgian College was unveiled at a special ceremony, Thursday.
The centre is called the Peter B. Moore Advanced Technology Centre, named after “local philanthropist and businessman Peter B. Moore,” according to the college. It was funded by four levels of government and “generous donors,” and is a “game-changer for research and innovation in central Ontario for both students and industry.”
In addition to Moore and family members, others in attendance were Don Gordon, Chair, Board of Governors; MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO, Georgian College; board of governors, senior leadership, major donors, industry partners, staff and students.
A tour of the centre following formal remarks and the unveiling of signage. The event will take place in front of the centre (N building, near the roundabout at the Barrie campus).

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A job fair hosted by the City is scheduled for Wednesday, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Holly Community Centre.
The fair features 18 local manufacturers seeking qualified candidates for a variety of opportunities. The event is an opportunity to learn more about a career in manufacturing and speak directly to local employers who are hiring. Attendees should bring a resume and be prepared for on-the-spot interviews.
The following companies will be in attendance: Albarrie Canada, Barrie Trim and Moulding, Ben-Mor, Brotech Precision CNC, CR-Systems, Busch Systems, CSR Cosmetics, Flags Unlimited, Gantem, Innovative Automation, Linear Transfer, Maclean Engineering, Moore Packaging, Napoleon, Prodomax, Southbrook Cabinetry, Honda, and Southmedic.
Anyone looking for more information about the event can contact Nora Gavarre atnora.gavarre@barrie.ca

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On hand for the NSERC announcement at Georgian College were, left to right: Zvi Lifshiz, Executive Director, Invest Barrie; Don Gordon, Chair, Georgian College Board of Governors; Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO, Georgian College; The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport; Dr. Mira Ray, Director of Research and Innovation, Georgian College; Dr. Marc Fortin, Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President, Research Partnerships, NSERC; Warden George Cornell, County of Simcoe; Janice Skot, President and CEO, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre; and Kevin Weaver, Vice President, Academic, Georgian College. (Georgian College / Doug Crawford)
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A $2 million grant from the federal government will help Georgian College support the needs of regional manufacturers, college officials say.
The college is getting a BUILD Innovation Enhancement (BUILD IE) grant from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program.
The announcement was made Thursday at the Barrie Campus by Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport.
The grant, to be disbursed over five years, will be used toward Georgian’s Competitive Smart Manufacturing (CSM) program – a growing part of research and innovation at the college. 
“Georgian’s CSM program supports regional manufacturers with the implementation of advanced technologies and information strategies that ultimately improve traditional approaches to manufacturing and boost competitiveness,” said Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO of Georgian College.
“Our program has grown steadily over the past two years. With this NSERC funding, Georgian is well positioned to double its CSM activity within five years.”
The program operates out of the Alectra Centre for Research, Innovation and Commercialization (C-RIC), located in Georgian’s Peter B. Moore Advanced Technology Centre. 
The college recently invested funds, contributed by individual donors and local industry partners, to equip the C-RIC with most of the Industry 4.0 infrastructure required by the CSM program to operate. Additional required equipment – including a virtual reality system, 3D scanner and printer, and fabrication machinery – will be purchased with the BUILD IE funds and research projects will focus on the development of smart products and production systems, Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, automation and robotics.
“Georgian will leverage the $2 million from NSERC and funding from partners to invest $6 million over five years toward Competitive Smart Manufacturing collaborative research activities with small to medium-sized companies,” said Dr. West-Moynes. “It is this competitiveness that ensures good jobs and attracts new opportunities to stay and grow in our community.”
The funding will also make training industry, students and faculty on advanced manufacturing and Industry 4.0 technologies a priority.
“The NSERC BUILD IE grant will allow new ways for Georgian to contribute to the growing research and innovation cluster in Central Ontario, ultimately leading to a stronger region, province and country,” said Dr. Mira Ray, Director of Research and Innovation at Georgian.
“This grant gives our researchers the opportunity to work hand-in-hand with local companies to advance their research and development objectives.”
Dr. Ray added that this is an exciting time for Georgian’s students and researchers.
“New technology, increased connectivity, and access to data are changing the way products are developed and made,” she said. “Through Georgian’s CSM program, we have already helped companies make decisions regarding large infrastructure equipment investments, integrate Industry 4.0 practices into their operations, and look at their data with new, critical perspectives.”
The funds Georgian received were part of an announcement by Minister Duncan of $57 million awarded to 77 recipients through the College and Community Innovation (CCI) program, one of the largest vehicles for funding research at colleges, polytechnics and CÉGEPs across the country. The CCI program develops highly skilled people, builds research knowledge and provides opportunities to share this expertise with local businesses, particularly small- and medium-sized companies, to improve processes and technologies.

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Andrea (Bourrie) Miller, the City’s new General Manager of Infrastructure and Growth Management.

Andrea (Bourrie) Miller is Barrie’s new General Manager of Infrastructure and Growth Management.
An experienced professional planner with almost 30 years of North American experience on large, challenging projects, Miller has a degree in planning from the University of Waterloo and post graduate education in business management and leadership from the University of St. Gallen and International Institute for Management Development (IMD) – both in Switzerland. 
“Andrea brings groups together to discover innovative ways of exploring opportunities and issues,” said Michael Prowse, City of Barrie CAO.
“She is known for her ability to translate strategic ideas into actionable tasks. Andrea is respected in the industry for delivering solutions to complex planning and engineering problems, offering strategic advice on regulatory risk management, facilitating resolution of government and community issues, as well as building consensus across diverse groups of stakeholders.”
Miller joined the City of Barrie in June 2017 as Director of Planning and Building Services, after having spent her entire career in the private sector.  In her short time in Barrie, she has implemented numerous process improvements, initiated policy updates, facilitated a more holistic approach to tackling various growth management and community issues and has spoken to community stakeholders on a variety of topics, according to the City release.
In addition to her role as Director of Planning and Building Services, Miller has been serving as the Acting General Manager Infrastructure and Growth Management for the last nine months. The division includes Environmental Services (Water, Wastewater and Waste), Engineering, Roads, Parks and Fleet and Planning and Building Services. 

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The Barrie Molson Centre (BMC), located at 555 Bayview Drive is the place to be to cheer on the Toronto Raptors to victory. The BMC will continue to be the free public viewing location for the rest of the NBA Finals. 

Schedule of upcoming games be shown at the BMC:

GameDateTime
Game 4(Tonight) Friday, June 79 p.m. (Doors at 8 p.m.)
Game 5Monday, June 109 p.m. (Doors at 8 p.m.
Game 6 (if needed)Thursday, June 139 p.m. (Doors at 8 p.m.)
Game 7 (if needed)Sunday, June 168 p.m. (Doors at 7 p.m.)

For each game, there will be a family-friendly section and concession stands will be open. No outside food or drink is allowed to be brought into the BMC. Attendees can enter from the East and West gates.

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Update: Games 4 and 5 will also be shown for free at the Barrie Molson Centre. Game time for both games is 9 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. Location of public viewing for Game 6 and 7 (if required), TBD based on weather forecast.

As the midnight hour approached and with Barrie city council fully immersed in a discussion over development charges, Mayor Jeff Lehman abruptly changed subjects, and as a result Toronto Raptors’ fans can watch public viewings of the remaining five games of the NBA finals against the Golden State Warriors.
Lehman asked council’s support to bring in a motion without notice, saying that plans to publicly air the final games were threatened if a motion wasn’t dealt with before midnight came and went. That support was granted.
As a result, council committed up to $22,500 to present a viewing of game three at the Barrie Molson Centre, and games four through seven at Meridian Place. If inclement weather prevents the outdoor viewing, the games would be shown at Molson Centre.
The series is tied 1-1 following the Raptors’ win in game one, and the Warriors’ win in game two. Both games were played in Toronto at Scotiabank Arena. Game three is scheduled for Wednesday, from Oakland. Game four is on Friday, same place.
Game five switches back to Toronto, six back to Oakland, and seven back to TO, as the Raptors have home court advantage. Check here for times and dates.
A viewing of the second game had been planned for Sunday night at Meridian Place, but was cancelled due to weather.

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The Barrie Professional Firefighters Association is invited residents to fill their boots this weekend.
The association is holding its 49th Annual Boot Drive for Muscular Dystrophy this weekend at various locations around Barrie. Since this campaign began in 1970, Barrie has helped raise over $2.6 million for charitable organizations.
The Barrie Professional Firefighters Association, family members and fellow volunteers will be soliciting monetary donations from Barrie  residents from Thursday to Sunday at locations around Barrie.
“This important fundraising event is a tradition among fire departments across North America. Part of being a firefighter is helping out the community, giving back as much as possible,” says Barrie firefighter and event organizer Charlie Gray.
“It’s one of the best things about being a firefighter and we love helping out the citizens of Barrie.”
All donations collected during this campaign goes to Muscular Dystrophy Canada and Barrie Fire Community Projects. Barrie Fire Community Projects help various charities, organizations and individuals who are in need of financial assistance.

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Want to watch the Toronto Raptors match claws with the Golden State Warriors for the NBA crown?
Meridian Place will be the place to be for Raptors’ fans looking to watch game 2 of the NBA finals, Sunday night. The game will air live on a large screen in Meridian Place so fans can gather and cheer on the Raptors. The game will broadcast rain or shine starting at 8 p.m.
The City has made a special exemption to the noise bylaw in anticipation that the game may go later than 11 p.m. Downtown Barrie has plenty of parking available. Visit www.barrie.ca/Parking to see a map of parking lots.

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