Victoria Day in Barrie: Affected Services

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A number of services in Barrie are affected by holiday weekends. The following municipal services will be affected this Victoria Day weekend:
Barrie Transit
There will be no Transit service on Monday, May 20. (www.barrie.ca/TransitNotices).
Curbside Collection
There will be no garbage, organics, recycling and yard waste collection on Monday, May 20 in Barrie. Collection during the week of this holiday will occur one day later for the remainder of the week. Remember: materials must always be curbside by 7 a.m. on your collection day. (www.barrie.ca/CurbsideCollection) The landfill site is closed 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).
Recreation Centres
All recreation centres will be closed on Monday, May 20.
City Hall
Barrie City Hall will be closed on Monday, May 20.
NOTE: The City of Barrie does not host a fireworks show on Victoria Day weekend. Residents are permitted to use fireworks on the Victoria Day holiday (as per the Regulatory Matters by-law). Please review fireworks safety reminders.

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“We must always be working to address the root causes of these issues like mental illness, poverty, and trauma to name a few. This won’t happen overnight, so we also need to find short-term solutions to ensure we can all live happy, healthy lives.” – Ward 2 councillor Keenan Aylwin

A petition from residents living near the David Busby Street Centre raising noise and behaviour concerns has resulted in agreement on two short-term actions, says Ward 2 councillor Keenan Aylwin.
One of the solutions asked for by the residents in the petition is for a fence along the frontage of MacDonald Street. According to Aylwin, that’s in the works.
“I’ve met with the executive director of the David Busby Centre, Sara Peddle, as well as residents in the area surrounding the Centre. We all agree on two short-term actions that can be taken to improve the situation,” he told City Scene Barrie.
“The first is to install a fence to ensure that the participants in (the) Busby programming have privacy and space to gather as a community. The second action is to form a Community Liaison Committee where neighbours of the Busby, participants in Busby programs, staff from the Centre, Barrie police, and other stakeholders can continue to work together to address concerns. We are moving quickly to act on these two items while working to find other short-term and long-term solutions.”
Residents living near the centre on Mulcaster Street had an open delegation before the city building committee, Tuesday night, raising what they say are noise and behaviour concerns. The petition says residents are worried the situation will be worsened by the proposed introduction of a safe injection site. The petition was signed by 56 residents.
“We are the downtown residents and property owners surrounding the building in which the (centre) is located. We understand that a safe injection site is under consideration to be located immediately next door to the (centre),” reads the petition.
It continues that the residents believe “the addition of the (site) will only exacerbate the problems we are experiencing with the civility of the people who use the (centre’s) services. These problems have become insurmountable, dangerous and threatening to all of us, and need to be addressed immediately.”
The petition continues that for the residents the “situation has become disabling and debilitating, affecting our reasonable right to live safely and peaceably. It goes on to say that the “emotional and mental health” of residents “are at risk.”
The petition lays out a list of noise and behaviour concerns, and also “proposed solutions for working together to create a safer neighbourhood.”
In addition to the short-term actions, Aylwin says it is important to remember why services like the Busby centre are needed.
“We are facing a homelessness and opioid overdose crisis right now in Barrie. With these complex issues there will of course be challenges that we need to address. We need to remember that people who are experiencing homelessness, or living in poverty, or dealing with addiction are human beings that deserve respect and compassion. Everyone deserves to live a life of dignity. 
“We must always be working to address the root causes of these issues like mental illness, poverty, and trauma to name a few. This won’t happen overnight, so we also need to find short-term solutions to ensure we can all live happy, healthy lives.”

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Barrie’s general committee is awaiting a staff report on investment opportunities at the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport, following a direct motion by Ward 4 councillor Barry Ward.
The report is to include cost-sharing among the airport’s shareholders, as well as identifying appropriate funding sources such as opportunities for financial support from other levels of government.
Last summer, June 18 to be exact, council passed a motion that supported the airport’s strategic plan and committed staff to review the (plan) and “report back … on the business case and recommendations for funding alternatives including opportunities to work with our airport partners to obtain infrastructure funding from other levels of government.”
The plan is a three-phase approach. The first phase focuses on developing infrastructure to “position the airport to enhance corporate aviation and MRO (Maintenance, Repair, Operations) business,” according to a memo to council from Stephanie Schlichter, director of business development.
The other two phases “were identified as a future state that would be demand-based and expand airport users to include commercial travel.” 
Improvements under phase one included extending the runway from 6,000 to 7,000 feet, and widening it from 100 to 150 feet. The first phase is estimated to cost $27.5 million.
Staff in the finance department and Invest Barrie have been reviewing the strategic plan and are waiting for an Economic Impact Study before finishing an analysis of the business case. The study, according to the memo, is expected this spring.
The airport, reads the memo, has had “several investment inquiries in both MRO and manufacturing-type industries, seeking land to expand and/or relocate their businesses to the Lake Simcoe Regional Airport,” specifically relating to the “development of the Northeast Commercial Area of the airport, which is currently unserviced, raw land.”
The opportunities include the airport being short-listed by “two substantial airport users for the expansion/relocation of their business operations. The opportunities present significant, quality employment and investment that would benefit the entire area. Timing for the projects ranged from 12 to 24 months for decision and implementation,” reads the memo.
The expansion of the runway was identified as a requirement by three of four investment leads.
“Further, given the projected employment of the users, a water/wastewater servicing solution would also be critical.” Studies are currently underway on these investment needs, and are expected to be completed in the next 30-60 days.
The airport’s board has adopted a motion calling on shareholders, including Barrie, to consider the investments needed to fund servicing and the expansions outlined in the strategic plan.
“To facilitate this request, and to provide options for accelerating the work, it is proposed that staff from the shareholder organizations jointly review the required work and determine cost-sharing and appropriate funding sources, and report back to Council with a financing model prior to the July recess,” reads the report.

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It’s the 175th anniversary of the Barrie fire department, and the City is planning to celebrate the occasion.
Originally organized in 1844, the department, now named the Barrie Fire and Emergency Service, provides high-level service in fire inspection/code enforcement, fire protection, technical rescue, training, communications, origin and cause investigations and emergency management planning.
“I’m very proud of our history, our staff and how our community has supported Barrie Fire over the years,” says Barrie Fire Chief Cory Mainprize.
“We’ve come a long way since the mid-1800s—we now have five fire stations, a fleet of 30 vehicles and modern equipment to help keep Barrie safe. The one thing that hasn’t changed over the years is our core mission: to protect lives, well-being and property in the city.”
To commemorate this milestone year, Barrie Fire and the City hosted a 175th Anniversary Flag Raising and Proclamation today (May 13) at City Hall’s courtyard, 2 p.m. Proclamation of May 13 to 17 as Barrie Fire and Emergency Service Week to recognize the 175th anniversary will be made at City Council Monday.
To kick off the 175th anniversary, the Share Your Story campaign invites the public to share a story of how they were helped by Barrie Fire and Emergency Services. Barrie Fire will use these stories to create a memory book. Stories will also be shared on social media, on barrie.ca and through local media outlets later this year.
2019 will also be host to a number of other special Barrie Fire events, including special features at Hot Summer NightsFire Prevention Week and the Santa Claus Parade. For more information and event updates, visit barrie.ca/BFES

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For those of you who are interested in what the City’s Roads, Parking and Fleet department does, a presentation will be made to the city building committee, Tuesday night.
The department’s mandate is the operation and maintenance of the City’s public works. If you can’t make the presentation, click here to read Roads, Parks and Fleet 101.
According to the report, RPF is a “very labour intensive” department, with services that “people see and use daily” and which affects day-today life in Barrie. Last year, the service received 10,807 service calls, or 41 per day.
A growth management update, Growth, development & exciting things to come, is also to be presented. Click here for that update.

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Residents living near the David Busby Street Centre on Mulcaster Street are scheduled to have an open delegation before the city building committee Tuesday night to raise what they say are noise and behaviour concerns, which they worry will be worsened by the proposed introduction of a safe injection site.
The concerns are stated in a petition said to be signed by 56 residents.
“We are the downtown residents and property owners surrounding the building in which the (centre) is located. We understand that a safe injection site is under consideration to be located immediately next door to the (centre),” reads the petition.
It continues that the residents believe “the addition of the (site) will only exacerbate the problems we are experiencing with the civility of the people who use the (centre’s) services. These problems have become insurmountable, dangerous and threatening to all of us, and need to be addressed immediately.”
The petition continues that for the residents the “situation has become disabling and debilitating, affecting our reasonable right to live safely and peaceably. It goes on to say that the “emotional and mental health” of residents “are at risk.”
The petition lays out a list of noise and behaviour concerns, and also “proposed solutions for working together to create a safer neighbourhood.” Centre and municipal representatives were contacted for comment. Ward 2 Coun. Keenan Aylwin indicated he preferred to wait until he heard what residents had to say at committee before commenting.

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The Barrie Power & Sail Squadron is launching this year’s safety week with a flag raising at City Hall at 1645 this Thursday (May 16).
Mayor Lehman will be doing the honour of raising the flag and issuing a supportive proclamation. However, it is not the flag ceremony that is of the most importance, it is about an opportunity to remind the boating public of good safety practices while they are enjoying time on the water. 
The safety messages remain the same, and can result in a number of saved lives if they become adopted by more people.
• Wear a PFD or Lifejacket
• Don’t Drink & Boat
• Take a Boating Course
• Be Prepared, Both You and Your Vessel
• Be Wary of the Dangers of Cold Water Immersion
This year’s safety week runs from May 14-24.

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Barrie’s program to encourage residents to dispose of products containing mercury resulted in 17 kg of the chemical being brought to the Household Hazardous Waste depot from June of last year to March of this year.
The City launched the program last year to divert a toxic chemical, liquid mercury, from the ecosystem. In partnership with Scout Environmental, and with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Barrie was one of the first municipalities in the province to launch the Mercury Roundup program. 
Although it occurs naturally, mercury is extremely dangerous, says the City in a release. Exposure to even small amounts can cause serious health problems and can contaminate soil and water. Just one gram of mercury can contaminate an eight-hectare lake to the point where the fish are inedible for a year.
The program collected 77 mercury-containing products weighing 17 kg. The items collected in Barrie contribute to the total number collected through the Mercury Roundup program in Ontario this past year: 785 mercury products weighing 109 kg. The program will expand to six other Ontario municipalities by 2021.
Mercury Roundup facts:
•  There is no cost for Barrie residents to bring in mercury-containing products or other hazardous waste.
• Barrie’s HHWF is located at 272 Ferndale Drive North and is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• Residents who bring a mercury-containing product to the HHWF receive a free digital thermometer; lighting and batteries are excluded from this promotion).
Visit www.MercuryRoundup.ca/Barrie to see a full list of items that may contain mercury and how residents can properly dispose of them through the program.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. The Foundation awarded more than $120 million to 700 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities. Scout Environmental is an award-winning, not for profit organization that engages the public, guides industry and equips communities to make better choices for their health and the environment.

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A chatty driver ended up talking himself into a future court date to face impaired driving-related charges.
Tuesday night, within a 38-minute timespan, Barrie police received three separate calls from concerned community members after the actions of a driver appeared to be somewhat out of the ordinary.
The driver, operating a brown-coloured Honda Civic, was stopping and attempting to engage people in conversation in return for money, police report. In one case, some children were playing street hockey and the motorist got out of the car and began to talk about hockey. He then took a shot on net and then gave each of the youths that were playing some money.
The motorist then drove off, but the children involved obtained the licence plate, told a parent, who in turn contacted police. It was within minutes that the two other calls were received and police began to search for the motor vehicle and the lone male occupant. Each call to police provided detailed information on the car and the driver involved.
Shortly after 9:30 p.m., police located the motor vehicle and driver in question in a parking lot near Big Bay Point Road and Leggot Avenue. Showing signs of impairment, the 26-year old male driver was arrested and is now charged with Operation while Impaired and Refusal to Comply with a Demand (Breath Sample). He is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice located in Barrie on May 8.

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Maintaining a temporary lounge for Barrie Transit drivers displaced from the second floor of the transit terminal during renovations to accommodate the Sandbox Entrepreneurship Centre will cost an estimated $7,200 through the rest of the year, according to a staff report to general committee.
The lounge was relocated to 39 Dunlop Street West last September, intended to be a temporary move until construction was completed. The centre officially opened on April 8. However, plans for the lounge have changed.
With the opening of the centre, “it has become clear that the logistics pertaining to relocating the (drivers’) lunchroom back to the second floor of the Transit Terminal would not be synergistic with the operations of the Entrepreneurship Centre, and is not recommended,” reads the report, prepared by Amanda Kelly, senior business innovation and entrepreneurship officer.
Eventually, the City wants to move bus operations to the Allandale Hub. “With the recently announced launch of the second phase of Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) program it is anticipated that submissions for funding for the Allandale Hub will be scheduled for late summer early fall,” reads the report.
“Subsequently, once funding is secured, an estimated date of completion for the Allandale Hub could be provided, which would then be the final location of the (drivers’) lunchroom facilities.”

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Invest Barrie would deploy key performance indicators to measure the success of the City’s investment in the Sandbox Entrepreneurship Centre, according to the staff report to general committee.
Staff would inform council yearly on the benefits of the investment, and would also produce a three-year assessment on the cumulative benefits of the project, according to the staff report prepared by Amanda Kelly, senior business innovation and entrepreneurship officer.
The indicators were developed jointly by City staff and representatives of Sandbox, states the report. They are structured in three objectives, each with specific goals. They are:
• Objective one: Generate activity and investment in the downtown to support growth and intensification of a dynamic creative hub.
Specifics of the goal include number of annual visitors and participating companies; degree of participation with downtown groups, including Georgian College and the BIA; supporting testimonials; impact of the centre on Maple Street (second floor of the bus terminal) in terms of pedestrian traffic, security incidents, and investments in nearly properties.
• Objective two: Raise visibility and profile of Barrie as a desirable location for startup companies and as a centre for innovation.
The measures of this goal include the number of national, international, and provincial partnerships created, yearly; the number of companies participating that aren’t based in Barrie; referrals to “ecosystem partners” such as Georgian College Research & Innovation, Lakehead University, National Research Council, Ontario Centres of Excellence; social media metrics.
• Objective three: Engage with existing businesses to support growth through the accelerated adoption of innovative technologies and business processes, peer-to-peer mentoring, and creation of collaboration opportunities with startups, scaleups and strategic programs with post-secondary partners. 
Measures are numbers of Sandbox members which are existing members; number of existing companies and number of their employees, engaged with Sandbox curriculum and programs. The indicators, reads the report, were adopted by Sandbox in February.
Back on Oct. 23, 2017, council adopted a motion calling for $500,000 in capital contributions be made to the centre, to be released in two phases. Staff worked with Sandbox representatives to create an operating entity and governance structure, which would include representation from the City.
After Sandbox raised $100,000 from the private sector last October, the City released the initial contribution of $300,000. When the centre passed its goal of raising $300,000 from the private sector, the City’s final $200,000 was released.
“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 (second floor of transit terminal), the Sandbox Entrepreneurship Centre organizing entity be required to sign a three-year lease for the premises and after the three-year lease period, the benefit to the community be assessed” in a report to general committee and council, and that “approval be required prior to any renewal or new lease agreement,” reads the report.
The centre officially opened on April 8. It is, according to the staff report, “well positioned for growth, with strong governance in place and industry-leading knowledge and expertise at the Board, Advisory, and management levels.
“Collectively, these groups are harnessing best practices from entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems provincially and nationally, and pursuing opportunities to expand their programming with an approach and curricula that are unique in Canada.”
Click here to read the full report.

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Soil contamination is driving up the cost of mitigating flooding on Dunlop Street West between Toronto and Eccles streets by $2.8 million, according to a memo to general committee.
The additional funds comes after a soil analysis was conducted once the City gained access to the High Street property being acquired for the project, which found benzene, lead, and mercury contamination.
“These soils would be removed from the site as part of the creek daylighting following set provincial protocols for contaminated soil removal and disposal,” writes Araniyasundaran.
“When the 2019 capital budget was developed in 2018, the estimate” didn’t include the new expenses “as the information was not available at that stage due to lack of access to the site.”
Total cost of the project now sits at $12,925,600 million, states the memo from Bala Araniyasundaran, director of engineering. The matter came before council on Monday (April 29) for approval. The money was to come from a $3,467,473 increase from the Federal Gas Tax and a $667,473 decrease from the Tax Capital Reserve. 
The additional funds, writes Araniyasundaran in the memo, is to “ensure storm drainage works can be completed as soon as possible to reduce/eliminate flooding and to comply with the timelines associated with the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP) grant.”
The project is to reduce flooding from Kidd’s Creek, which starts near Cundles Road and flows through Sunnidale Park to Kempenfelt Bay. Much of the culvert/channel system along the creek’s path is undersized resulting in regular flooding, says Araniyasundaran.
The Kidd’s Creek Master Drainage Plan details a number of scenarios to mitigate flooding, with the progression of the work to be generally from downstream to upstream.
“The section of Kidd’s Creek from Bradford Street to Eccles Street is the next logical section to be addressed. In addition to being in an area at high risk of flooding, this work is also required to facilitate future flood mitigation work further upstream.”
The master plan recommended that 36-38 High Street (southwest corner of High and Bradford) be purchased to construct a channel that could handle a 100-year storm, and, writes Araniyasundaran, the City is “currently in the process of expropriating” the property for the creek realignment.
To reduce flooding, the City and the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority worked together to find a solution.
“The preferred solution is to implement an open channel designed to contain the regulatory flow. This regulatory flow is based on the Hurricane Hazel storm and is greater than the 100-year storm event. This channel would then discharge into the extended 100-year culvert at Bradford Street with flows above the 100-year level overtopping the roadway and continuing overland.
“The open watercourse solution also has significant environmental and cost benefits over the proposed pipe and culvert upgrade option recommended in the original Master Plan.”
The project to realign the creek was included in the 2019/20 capital budget. The original budget of $10,125,600 is funded by $5,349,900 from the tax capital reserve, $320,400 from the wastewater capital reserve, $255,300 from the water capital reserve, and $3 million from a National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP). 

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Spring rain isn’t the only force washing away the remnants of winter. The City’s street sweepers are also helping to brush the bloom back into Barrie’s roadways.
An annual rite of passage from winter to spring and summer, street sweeping is underway. The schedule follows the City’s Source Water Protection plan, which requires crews to prioritize sweeping the roadways in the city’s drinking water protection areas, then moving outward.
Sweeping takes about 10 weeks to complete, weather permitting. The task improves water quality and the environment by removing pollutants that can be transferred to downstream water bodies from urban runoff through the storm sewer system. The Street Sweeping Program also improves the cleanliness and aesthetics of city streets and municipal parking lots.
Last year, the City collected 2,400 tonnes of sand and most of it was able to be reused this winter on city streets. By recycling the sand, the City avoided more than $250,000 in costs, while also not taking up valuable space at the city’s landfill. 
“We are always looking for new ways of providing safe driving conditions that are more environmentally and economically sustainable,” said Dave Friary, Director of Roads, Parks and Fleet. “This is a great example of staff taking initiative to come up with ideas to improve efficiencies.” 
Street sweeping is expected to complete by mid-June. For more information, visit www.barrie.ca/StreetSweeping

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Police report arrest of ‘backpack bandit’

Barrie police have arrested a suspect in what has been dubbed the ‘backpack bandit’ relating to robberies at local convenience stores.
On Wednesday, April 10, at 4:51 a.m., police responded to the Circle K Convenience Store located at 353 Duckworth Street after the store had been robbed. A second robbery, reportedly carried out by the same suspect, occurred at the Circle K Convenience Store located at 477 Grove Street East on Friday, April 12 at 4:45 a.m., police report.
The suspect, who was dubbed the backpack bandit, was arrested on Saturday, April 20 without incident, by members of the Barrie Police Investigative Services who had been conducting the ongoing investigation. As a result, a 19-year old male from Barrie has been charged with two counts Robbery With Weapon, two counts of Administer Noxious Substance, two counts of Use Disguise with Intent, two counts of Assault with a Weapon ((2 Counts), and two counts of Weapons Dangerous.
The accused was held for a bail hearing and has been remanded into custody pending a future court date.

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Did you know that the City of Barrie has an Innovatology Program? If yes, you are likely a step ahead of the rest of us who aren’t all that familiar with the term.
Luckily, we have a memo from Dana Clarke, innovation analyst, to city council explaining it all.
“Innovatology is the study of innovation throughout our organization, including the discovery, recognition, and facilitation of innovative practices at the City of Barrie. In January 2018 we launched our formal Innovatology program with the support of our Innovatology coaches of 2016 and 2017.”
Last year, five “community of practice” meetings were held, along with the first Innovators Breakfast, writes Clarke. Topics included: Understanding the Problem, Process Mapping versus Journey Mapping, Divergent & Convergent Thinking, Choosing Ideas and Piloting & Prototyping.
The team celebrated Innovation Day on April 15, during World Creativity and Innovation Week. The United Nations launched Innovation Day in 2017 as a means of sparking creative thinking to meet the challenges of the 2030 Sustainable Development goals.
Regular communication about the program includes an Innovatology newsletter for staff. It currently has 195 subscribers. The initiative also includes an awards program to drive staff engagement.
“The divisional monthly innovation award program recognized 38 innovations across the organization between March 2018 and March 2019, including some community-facing initiatives, as well as internally focused activities designed to improve productivity,” writes Clarke.
Check out the list of initiatives that garnered awards here.

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For those interested in such things, the final drafts of Barrie’s Infrastructure Master Plans are available for viewing on the City’s website.
In a memo from Tom Reeve, senior infrastructure planning program coordinator, council is informed the plans are scheduled to come before general committee and council on May 6 and May 13. The plan is that questions or comments received will be collected and considered by staff prior to the May 6 meeting. 
Master plans, writes Reeve in the memo, are long-term visions that “integrate infrastructure requirements for existing and future land use with Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) planning principles. These plans examine an infrastructure system or groups of related projects in order to outline a framework for planning of subsequent projects.”
The infrastructure plans (there are six of them) foresee major infrastructure needs to 2041, when the population is expected to grow to 253,000 residents.
The plans are: Drainage Master Plan, Transportation Master Plan, Water Supply Master Plan, Water Storage and Distribution Master Plan, Wastewater Collection Master Plan, and the Wastewater Treatment Master Plan.
“Overall the Master Plans provide a strategic assessment of the City’s infrastructure needs going forward. They do not commit the City to expenditures or implementation of any particular project but are key inputs to the City’s capital plan. In most cases, further environmental assessments and engineering design is required to deliver the projects. These steps would include additional communication and consultation,” writes Reeve.
“The Master Plans provide key inputs to the Development Charge Background Study on which the City will base its development charges for the next 5 years. It is important for the Master Plans to outline realistic costs. This allows the City to collect sufficient funds to deliver the required projects.”
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Police have dubbed the suspect in robberies at two convenience stores the ‘backpack bandit’

The search is ongoing for the ‘backpack bandit’ who seems to have developed a taste for robbing convenience stores.
The Barrie Police Service is requesting the public’s assistance regarding a robbery that occurred at 4:45 a.m. Thursday morning, at the Circle K Convenience Store at 477 Grove Street East.
After robbing the store, the suspect fled on foot with an undisclosed amount of Canadian currency and cigarettes, police report, adding that from the description of the suspect, provided by the store clerk and confirmed from video, it has been determined that this person is the same person who robbed the Circle K store at 353 Duckworth Street, Wednesday at 4:51 a.m.
Again, the suspect entered the store armed with what appears to be a bear repellant type spray product, and this time actually discharged it striking the clerk. The clerk was not seriously injured, but was incapacitated for a short time until the effects of the spray wore off, police report.
The suspect being sought in both of these robberies is described as a white male, 5’11- 6″, medium build, dark coloured eyebrows, wearing a black sweater, black pants, black toque, black balaclava and black shoes. Police have noticed that the readily identifiable red bandana that the suspect wore in the area of his left hip in the last robbery was not worn this time.
The Barrie Police Service is asking anyone with information on this robbery to contact Barrie Police Investigative Services at 705-725-7025, ext. 2741, to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.

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Police are hopeful that a composite sketch of the suspect believed to be responsible for this incident will assist in the identification and arrest of the person being sought by police

Barrie police have released a composite sketch of the suspect wanted for the assault of a homeowner during a break and enter.
The investigation of the incident during the early morning hours of April 3 remains ongoing and detectives from the Barrie Police Service can now confirm that assault was sexual in nature, police report. A dedicated tip line has been established and anyone with information is strongly encouraged to contact the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-0501.
A composite sketch of the suspect who is believed to be responsible for this incident is also now available and investigators are hopeful that the release of this sketch will assist in the identification and arrest of the person being sought by police.
The Barrie Police Service reminds the public to be aware of their personal safety at all times and where possible, to avoid dark areas unless artificial lighting is available, especially during the overnight hours. Further details and updates will only be provided as the investigation permits.

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The Barrie Police Service is requesting the assistance of the public in regards to an investigation of a robbery that occurred Wednesday, 4:51 a.m., at the Circle K Convenience Store at 353 Duckworth Street.
Upon arrival, it was determined by uniformed officers that a lone suspect entered the store armed with what appears to be a bear-repellant type product and a knife. He removed a black backpack that he was wearing and placed it on the counter. A demand for money was made and the clerk complied. An undisclosed amount of Canadian currency was obtained, placed into the backpack and the suspect fled the store on foot, police report.
From surveillance video obtained, police are able to confirm the following description of the suspect who is wanted for this robbery: white male, 5’11
“, wearing black sweater, black pants, black toque, black balaclava and black shoes. Despite being dressed entirely in black, a neatly folded red coloured bandana was also observed tucked into front left hip area.
The Barrie Police Service is asking anyone with information on this robbery to contact Barrie Police Investigative Services at 705-725-7025, ext. 2504, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.

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The third annual Manufacturing Innovation Summit is scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday), bringing together industry experts, executives, investors and entrepreneurs from across the province.
They will discuss Industry 4.0 initiatives that can help manufacturers maintain competitiveness and maximize productivity. The summit is being presented by the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC), at Georgian College’s Peter B. Moore Advanced Technology Centre.  
“There is no one-size-fits-all approach that manufacturers can use to transform into an Industry 4.0 operation. As adoption of new technologies and approaches gains momentum, companies are calculating the risk-reward ratios,” says Karen Dubeau, Director of Creative Economy at the City of Barrie.
“Barrie has a strong advanced manufacturing sector and many of the companies here and in the Simcoe County/Central Ontario have had great success in starting the Industry 4.0 journey. Together with our partners, we will continue to build out a connected ecosystem supporting our local manufacturers to provide programs and resources for a competitive advantage in growing and transforming their businesses.”
The half-day summit features keynote speakers Michael Gardiner, Manufacturing Industry Solution Executive with Microsoft Canada, and Peter Lawler, Executive Vice President with Business Development Canada (BDC).
Industry experts from Honda of Canada Mfg., Environmental Systems Corporation, Brotech and Molded Precision Components will share their experience with Industry 4.0 including how they started, lessons learned and how they continue to modernize their operations.
The Barrie area currently has more than 500 manufacturers providing over 6,024 jobs. In a recent survey of Barrie manufacturers, results showed 56 per cent of respondents currently have advanced manufacturing processes in place and 86 per cent of respondents are planning on investing in new automation/digital processes within the next 5 years.
For more information, visit www.investbarrie.ca/programs

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A Barrie women, 69, was pronounced deceased at hospital following an accident at the scene of a watermain break, at Yonge Street and Big Bay Point Road.
On Saturday at 2:56 p.m., officers from the Barrie Police Service were on scene in the area of the watermain break when a vehicle travelling southbound on Yonge Street entered the closed-off area and struck some material being used for the repair, police report. The motor vehicle then came to rest in a deep and open portion of the road that had been exposed to allow for repairs to be made to the broken watermain.
The occupants, both from Barrie, were extricated by the Barrie Fire and Emergency Service and police officers. They were transported to hospital by the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services where the 69-year-old female passenger was pronounced deceased. The 78-year-old male driver was airlifted to a Toronto area trauma centre where he is being treated for life-threatening injuries that were sustained in the crash.
The investigation remains ongoing and is being conducted by members of the Barrie Police Traffic Unit, who are being assisted by the Forensic Identification Unit and Investigative Services. The Ministry of Labour was also contacted and is also investigating.
Anyone with information with respect to this incident is asked to contact Constable Langdon of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025, ext. 2912 or by email at dlangdon@barriepolice.ca. You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.

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Suspect in armed robbery sought

Barrie police are seeking a suspect in an armed robbery that occurred early Saturday morning.
About 1 a.m., the suspect entered a convenience store at 110 Little Avenue, displayed a knife and demanded the store clerk deliver the cash in the register, police report.
The suspect then gave the store clerk a grocery bag and demanded that he fill it with cigarettes. He then grabbed flavoured cigars from below the cash register counter.
The suspect, police report, took off on foot and was last seen heading southbound through the parking lot. Police are seeking the assistance of the community in identifying the suspect, described as: a white male, about 5’6” tall with a thin build, thick, dark eyebrows. He was wearing a light grey zip-front hooded sweatshirt, black “Puma” track pants, brown boots and a dark face covering with white (upside down) letters on it.
Investigating officers are asking anyone who may have information to please contact Constable Scott of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext. 2741 or rtscott@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 are cautioning homeowners to beware of the “door-to-door scam” artists that seem to sprout annually with spring.
The “scammers,” police say, can knock on the door offering spring deals on “everything from roofing to driveway repair and replacement to yard related tasks such as landscaping and maintenance.” If the service is legitimate, employees can be expected to wear some sort of identification, and if they don’t “you have the right to ask for proof of who they are and who they are representing.”
If proper ID is not presented, “then you can and should ask them to leave,” police advise.
Police also remind “homeowners to never let someone into your home unless you have contacted them and asked them to come for a specific reason. Flyers that are delivered with the mail allow you to research out the company and determine if the service they are offering is one that is right for you.”
And before agreeing to a service, check references and the Better Business Bureau.
The Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services website can also be referenced at www.ontario.ca/ministry-government-and-consumer-services if you are unsure about a seller that comes to your door and what your rights are if you sign a contract.

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Report shows that 697 people were “counted experiencing homelessness,” with
305 being located in Barrie.

Members of the Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness plan to present the group’s new report tonight (Monday) at city council, detailing the homeless situation in Barrie and around the county.
The 2018 Simcoe County Homeless Enumeration Report represents a point-in-time registry and count (April 24-26, 2018) that highlights the homeless situation in the county at that particular time.
It shows that 697 people were “counted experiencing homelessness,” with the rate of homelessness being 14 per every 10,000 county residents. Of the total, 305 were located in Barrie, 128 in Midland, 97 in Orillia, 24 in Collingwood, 24 in Alliston, 17 in Penetanguishene, nine in Wasaga Beach, and 12 in other county areas.
Shelter included provisional accommodation, 45 per cent; emergency shelter, 42 per cent; no shelter, 12 per cent; unknown, eight per cent. There was a stated requirement for 435 housing units.
The report was prepared by Simcoe County, in partnership with the alliance and others.
The top reasons for being homeless are: addiction/substance abuse at 21 per cent; inability to pay rent or mortgage at 20 per cent; conflict with spouse/partner at 16 per cent; unsafe housing conditions at 15 per cent.
Of those experiencing homelessness, 28 per cent had nowhere to live after being discharged from a correctional facility or hospital, while 24 per cent said residing in foster care had been an experience.
More than half (57 per cent) of those surveyed were deemed to be chronically homeless, while 21 per cent experienced homelessness episodically. Physical health issues were reported by 70 per cent of respondents, while 35 per cent noted mental health issues, and 34 per cent addiction issues.
Youth aged 16-24 accounted for 16 per cent of the homeless population, while 29 per cent were Indigenous Peoples.
The report presents a series of next steps:
• Educate city councils and decision makers
• Increase housing options for people experiencing homelessness
• Increase primary care, mental health and addiction services, and other supports for street involved and vulnerable populations
• Collaborate with other key sector partners to discharge people directly into housing with supports.

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Water cleared for drinking as advisory lifted

The boil water advisory for the Yonge Street, Big Bay Point Road area has been lifted, as test results have confirmed that the water is free from contamination and is now safe to drink.
As a precaution, residents and businesses in the affected area should take the following steps to make sure their water lines and appliances are flushed.
• Run all cold faucets for a minimum of five minutes. If the water does not run clear after five minutes contact the City of Barrie Water Operations Branch at 705-792-7920 (www.barrie.ca/waterservices)
• Run drinking water fountains and plumbed household water coolers for a minimum of five minutes
• Run all water softeners through a regeneration cycle
• Reverse Osmosis (RO) units: Replace pre-filters and follow the manufacturer’s instructions
• Replace other water filters, as they are disposable and may be contaminated. This applies especially to carbon filters and others that are near the end of their life
• Flush, clean and sanitize appliances with water line connections (e.g., fridges with water and ice dispensers) following the manufacturer’s instructions
• Drain and refill hot water heaters set below 45°C (113°F). Normal setting is 60°C (140°F)
• Drain and flush all ice-making machines and soda fountain machines      
• Dispose of any ice made since Friday April 5
• Large-volume users (for example, restaurants, retirement homes and schools) may need to run cold water taps for a longer period of time on first use, to ensure the water is not cloudy.
Any facilities that were closed as a result of the advisory can now reopen after taking the necessary precautions. For more information, please visit the website www.simcoemuskokahealth.org.

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