City lifeguards prepare to leave the beach

It’s not the end of summer but it is a sign the end is nigh.
City of Barrie lifeguards are wrapping it up for another season.  As of Monday, August 20, lifeguards will no longer be on duty at Barrie’s beaches as many of them get ready to head back to school in September. The buoy lines will remain in the water until after Labour Day (Monday, September 3).
The City and the Canadian Red Cross teamed up once again to offer the PFD Loan Service. So far this year, 243 people have participated in the program, which allows beach-goers to borrow Personal Flotation Devices for free at Centennial Beach and Johnson’s Beach to help ensure water safety.
Enjoy the remainder of summer at Barrie’s beaches and pools, but remember to be water smart. There is no substitute for parental supervision. Stay within arm’s reach, swim with a buddy and get trained.
For more water safety tips and information, visit barrie.ca/beaches.

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Andrea Curtis

An intimate one-on-one conversation with an award-winning novelist, lyricist, publisher, journalist, editor, literacy advocate and Barrie-raised writer, comes to Five Points Theatre next week.
On Monday, August 20, Andrea Curtis kicks off Talk Is Free Theatre’s 5th Season of Illuminating Conversations with a special summer edition.
Her first book, Into the Blue: Family Secrets and the Search for a Great Lakes Shipwreck, won the Edna Staebler Creative Nonfiction Award. The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement, co-written with Nick Saul, is an international bestseller.
This spring she released a work of young-adult fiction, Big Water, inspired by the true story of one of the worst shipwrecks in the history of the Great Lakes. Ms. Curtis also writes books for kids, including a new non-fiction work, called Eat this!, and What’s for Lunch? How schoolchildren eat around the world. Ms. Curtis will be selling and autographing copies of her books.
An Illuminating Conversation with Andrea Curtis happens on Monday, August 20, from 7:30 until 9 p.m. at Five Points Theatre, 1 Dunlop St. W., Barrie ON. Tickets available at www.tift.ca, Five Points Theatre Box Office, or at the door. The event is made possible with the generous support of McBride Robillard Financial Solutions Inc.

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Special Olympics’ run set for Oct. 14

An invitation is being extended to runners and walkers who would like to participate in a Special Olympics Ontario event.
On Sunday, October 14, the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run (OLETR) in co-operation with Special Olympics Ontario is hosting the Guardians Half Marathon & 5KM.
The event will begin at OPP General Headquarters in Orillia, and is open to all runners, walkers and Law Enforcement Agencies. The event is to raise awareness and money for the athletes and families of Special Olympics Ontario.
This organization helps provide quality sports and training programs for children, youth and adults with an intellectual disability that are only possible through the generous donations that are raised at events such as this.
The event also offers a 5 km route for friends, family and athletes. All participants will receive a t-shirt and medal. Register online at GuardianEndurance.com.
The top male and female finishers in both the half marathon and 5 km distances will get a prize, with the top fundraiser will win a $500 Air Canada gift certificate. For more information, contact Kimberley Ridgers at Kimberley.ridgers@ontario.ca.

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Keen-eyed citizen leads police to suspect driveway

The actions of an alert citizen led to the arrest of a Barrie man and charges related to a motor vehicle accident.
Yesterday (Wednesday) just after 2 a.m. Barrie police were called to a residential area in Barrie after a caller reported a fail to remain collision.
Officers arrived and spoke to the car owner who was inside the house when the incident occurred. Their vehicle was parked on the street when it was struck, sending it 20 metres up the street and onto the curb with significant damage to the driver’s side, police report. The loud noise prompted witnesses to run outside to find the suspect vehicle with obvious damage parked down the street with two people inside.
As the witness approached to speak to the driver, the vehicle drove off. The witness was able to keep sight of the vehicle as it drove around the corner and into a driveway. He stayed back and waited for police to arrive.
Officers were able to track a groove in the pavement from the rim of the suspect vehicle which went from the scene of collision to the residence where the damaged vehicle was parked.  Two people were located at the house and were confirmed to be the ones who were in the vehicle at the time of the collision.
Police learned the 31-year-old Barrie male who was driving the car had never been licensed, subsequently he has been charged with: Driving While Disqualified, Fail to Stop at Scene of Accident, Breach Probation x 2.
The accused male was held for a bail hearing in regards to the above charges as well as breaches of his previous statutory release conditions, police report.

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Drinking and boating accounts for approximately 40 per cent of boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways.
In 2018, the Canadian Safe Boating Council and the Barrie Police Service are also concerned about the potential impact of legalization of recreational marijuana and the increase in use and abuse of prescription narcotics on boating incidents and fatalities.
To raise awareness and reduce impairment-related deaths, the Canadian Safe Boating Council  (CSBC) and the Barrie Police Service are launching year six of an initiative called “Operation Dry Water.”  Its goal is to stress the importance of Boating Sober.
With the summer boating season in high gear, this is the perfect time to remind Canadian boaters about the risks of impaired boating.  Combined with sun, wind, waves and the rocking motion of the boat, the effects of alcohol and drugs on the water can be greatly increased.
Federal statutes dictate that boaters can be charged with Impaired Operation of a Vessel under the Criminal Code of Canada if they are found to be impaired. Under current and proposed legislation, human-powered craft are not excluded from the definition of a vessel and, so, are subject to the same penalties.  A number of provinces have enacted legislation where impaired boating can affect your automobile driving privileges.
Operation Dry Water is aimed at reducing the number of impairment-related accidents and fatalities on the water while fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol and drug use while boating. The end goal? To achieve safer and more enjoyable recreational boating.
This initiative is made possible through support of Transport Canada’s Office of Boating Safety.

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Project focuses on human trafficking victims

Project Safe Horizon, a Barrie Police Service initiative, focuses primarily on the victims of human trafficking and their safety, both immediate and longer term care, in the hopes of ending human trafficking in our area. This collaborative effort allows agencies to effectively react to victims of human trafficking, in order to provide all the necessary services.
Human trafficking is a crime and human rights abuse that’s sometimes referred to as “modern day slavery.” There are different types of human trafficking that take place in Ontario, including sex trafficking and labour trafficking. Forced marriage is also considered a form of human trafficking.
Human trafficking targets young adolescents trying to fit in, police note. They are vulnerable to someone giving them attention, and they (traffickers/pimps) make young girls feel special, and in doing so they buy them things, taking them shopping, etc. They know just how to buy their trust and sometimes even love. Traffickers control their victims in many ways, including psychological manipulation, emotional abuse, lies, addiction, threats, violence, isolation, and taking control of ID/documents and money.
More than 90 per cent of the victims of sex trafficking within Canada come from Canada, according to government statistics. Sex-trafficking victims often are forced to work out of hotels and motels, where staff and visitors aren’t aware of the warning signs.
Human trafficking targets primarily adolescents as young as 13. Parents/guardians need to pay attention to what their teens may be doing on the internet/social media, as it may be a tool used by people (traffickers/pimps) to lure youths into exploitive acts.
There are several signs that a young person, may be in trouble including;

  • a new boyfriend nobody has met
  • new gifts
  • being absent from school
  • becoming isolated from friends and family
  • secrecy around on-line activities
  • any physical symptoms of bruising or injuries

For further information on Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking click here.

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Police seek public’s help in March fail to remain

Barrie police continue to seek the public’s assistance in the investigation of a hit and run incident from March.
On Friday, March 2 at approximately 12:30 p.m. a pedestrian who was helping a lost transport truck driver was struck by a vehicle travelling northbound on Huronia Road just past McKay Road.  The pedestrian landed in the ditch where he suffered serious injuries.  The motorist failed to remain to assist the injured pedestrian and continued northbound on Huronia Road.
The suspect vehicle is described as a smaller SUV, dark in colour. Expected damage, say police, was front end damage, hood denting, broken windshield.
Police are looking to speak with the driver of that vehicle or anyone who may have information related to the incident.  Further, any assistance from the public regarding any vehicles matching that description that had similar damage or unexplained damage during the time of the incident would be considered essential to the investigation.
Contact Constable C. Allport, 705-725-7025 ext. 2913, callport@barriepolice.ca. Any information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at P3 Tips.

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Awards recognize heritage preservation

Nominations for the 2018 Heritage Awards are open until Aug. 31, with forms available at barrie.ca/heritage.
The awards recognize property owners and individuals who’ve made strides in heritage preservation and awareness in Barrie. All residents are invited to submit nominations for the following categories:
· Residential buildings;
· Commercial building with a business including office, restaurant or store;
· Institutional building such as a church, school, or public facility; or,
· Individual or group of people who stand out in terms of their heritage contribution to the community.
Award winners will be selected by the Heritage Barrie Committee at a future Heritage Barrie committee meeting. Awards will be presented at City Council in late November or early December.
For more information, including nomination requirements and forms, visit ‘Heritage Awards’ at barrie.ca/heritage.

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Long weekend impacts Barrie services

The long weekend will open up a range of activities and events for Barrie resident, as well as impacting  some services. The following City of Barrie services will be affected on Monday, August 6.
Barrie Transit
Transit will operate a regular Sunday Service schedule on Monday, August 6, with extra Kempenfest Service all weekend. Visit barrie.ca/TransitNotices for schedules.
Curbside Collection
There will be no garbage, organics, recycling or yard waste collection on Monday, August 6 in Barrie. Collection during the week of this holiday will occur one day later for the remainder of the week. Materials must be curbside by 7 a.m. on your collection day (barrie.ca/CurbsideCollection). Note: The landfill site is closed regularly every Sunday and Monday.
Recreation Centres
All City recreation facilities will be closed Monday, August 6 for the Civic Holiday.
Parking
Downtown parking (on-street and lots) is free on weekends and 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 $15 (barrie.ca/parking)
City Hall
Barrie City Hall will be closed on Monday, August 6.

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