Barrie police have laid charges in relation to a crash on Jan. 29 that resulted in the death of a 17-year-old girl.
On Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 9:10 p.m., Barrie police responded to a report of a single motor vehicle collision that had occurred on Georgian Drive in the City of Barrie.
Upon arrival at the scene, it was determined that a westbound motor vehicle lost control as it entered the curve in the road just west of the driveway to Georgian College. The motor vehicle left the roadway after mounting a snow bank on the north side of the road, struck a large directional road sign, rolled numerous times and came to rest in an open, snow covered area between Georgian Drive and Highway 400.
A 17-year old female passenger from Barrie was taken to a local hospital by County of Simcoe Paramedic Services where a short time later she was pronounced deceased. A male driver was also taken to hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The road was reopened at approximately 3:15 a.m. after the at-scene-collision investigation was completed.
As a result of the ongoing investigation, which was conducted by the Barrie Police Traffic Unit, a 17-year old male and 19-year old male were arrested on Sunday, Feb. 16 and are each facing a charge of Dangerous Operation of a Conveyance Causing Death, contrary to section 320.13(3) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
They were remanded in custody for a bail hearing the following day and are scheduled to appear next at the Ontario Court of Justice located in Barrie on March 19 and March 17, 2020 respectively.

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As the Ontario construction and maintenance sector continues to run at full tilt, warnings are becoming increasingly loud and frequent about a lack of skilled workers to meet demands, and what that means for today and in the future.
The demand is being driven by high levels of investment in public- and private sector investment, as well as residential construction. To keep pace with the activity, the industry will need to hire, train, and retain nearly 100,000 additional skilled workers, according to BuiltForce Canada’s BuildForce Canada’s 2020–2029 Construction and Maintenance Looking Forward report.
“The province is expected to experience low construction unemployment, high labour demand and high numbers of anticipated retirements across the scenario period,” says Bill Ferreira, Executive Director of BuildForce Canada. “The industry will need to remain focused on recruitment and training to meet demands for expansion and worker replacement over the coming decade.”
That’s a message that seems to be resonating with the Province, which is on a tour of Ontario colleges delivering funds for skills training. Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, was in Kitchener recently, where he announced an investment of $9.2 million to help Conestoga College create classroom training opportunities for 6,200 apprentices in 21 trades for this year and next. That’s an increase of $1 million from last year’s funding, a boost that will help an extra 632 people prepare for jobs.

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Voting now open for Ward 3 by-election

Voting for the Ward 3 by-election opened Thursday, and eligible Ward 3 voters are invited to vote online or by phone until Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.
All Ward 3 residences should have received a voter information letter in the mail. Each letter contains an individual voter pin number and instructions for voting. Ward 3 residents who have not received the letter in the mail, should call 705-728-8683 (VOTE) or email Be.Counted@barrie.ca<mailto:Be.Counted@barrie.ca>.
Who Can Vote? You can vote in the City of Barrie Ward 3 by-election if you are:
• A resident of the ward or a non-resident owner or tenant of land in Ward 3 in the City of Barrie, or their spouse; and
 • A Canadian citizen; and
• At least 18 years of age; and
• Not prohibited from voting by any law
To see a list of the ward three Councillor candidates, visit barrie.ca/ByElection and click on By-Election Candidate Listing. Voters who require assistance with online or telephone voting can call 705-728-VOTE (8683), email Be.Counted@barrie.ca<mailto:Be.Counted@barrie.ca>  or attend one of the following Voter Assistance Centres:
• ​City Hall: 70 Collier Street
• East Bayfield Community Centre, 80 Livingstone Street East.

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Brian Beal, director of the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board sent parents and guardians the following email updating them on coming labour disruptions.

Brian Beal is education director of the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board.

You have probably heard by now that the four major education unions in Ontario have announced coordinated strike action for next Friday, Feb. 21. This means that all SMCDSB elementary and secondary schools will be closed on that day. 
One of the main priorities for our board throughout this provincial labour situation is to provide our families with timely and clear communication. We certainly appreciate that there is competing and conflicting information circulating throughout the media and social media. To help alleviate confusion, we will be issuing a “Week at a Glance” communique on Sunday evenings. 
The Sunday timing is important, since our union groups are required to provide us with five days notice of any escalating labour action, which includes strike days. That means that by Sunday evening we will have a good idea of how the week ahead should unfold from a labour disruption perspective in our schools. Of course we will continue to provide additional updates as required via email and on the board website/social media channels. 
Please expect an update from me this Sunday and in the meantime, I hope you make plans to enjoy this upcoming Family Day long-weekend. Perhaps take the time to connect with someone with whom you haven’t spoken to in awhile and reflect upon the important role our family and friends play in our lives.  

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LINX Transit exceeds County’s ridership expectations

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Simcoe County LINX service is connecting communities across the county

By now they are a familiar sight on the roads and highways of Simcoe County, connecting communities to one another. Blue and white with the word LINX boldly displayed on them, these stylish buses provide a cross-county transit service that’s gaining traction.
Launched in the summer of 2018, the LINX Transit Service’s initial Route 1 offered transportation from Penetanguishene/Midland to Barrie, and back again. That was the start of a five-year plan to add additional routes. Three more routes are now in service:
• Route 2 serving Wasaga Beach, Stayner, Brentwood, Angus to Barrie and operating Monday to Friday
• Route 3 serving Orillia to Barrie and operating Monday to Friday
• Route 4 serving Wasaga Beach to Collingwood and operating 7 sevens days a week, including Statutory Holidays.
“We’re officially in the transit business and we’re pleased to offer another crucial public service to our residents and communities,” Warden Gerry Marshall said when the service was being launched.
“Route 1 (was) just the first stop on an ambitious plan to link our municipalities across the region and connect residents to health services, jobs, education centres and retail hubs in other communities.”
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City seeks to honour volunteers with Spirit Catcher award

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The City of Barrie is accepting nominations for the 2020 Order of the Spirit Catcher Awards and Youth Spirit Catcher Award until Friday, Feb. 28.
Nomination forms can be found at barrie.ca/awards.<https://www.barrie.ca/City%20Hall/MayorCouncil/Pages/Awards.aspx>
The Order of the Spirit Catcher was established in 2000. It is the highest honour bestowed by the City to a volunteer (youth and adult) for outstanding service to our community. The City seeks nominations annually and individuals considered for a Spirit Catcher Award must be residents of Barrie. 2020 Spirit Catcher Award Categories:
• The Outstanding Contributor: This award will be presented to a person over the age of 18 who, over many years, has contributed significantly to the advancement of one or more community organizations in Barrie. The person will have taken a leadership role in one or more projects and, through volunteer efforts, has shown an awareness of the community’s needs.
The Local Hero: This award will be presented to a person over the age of 18 who has worked tirelessly “behind the scenes” for one or more community organizations in Barrie. Through dedication, hard work and extensive volunteer hours, this person has made a significant contribution to the community spirit of our City. This award can also be presented to someone whose creativity and passion has developed a unique project for the advancement of the community, or to a person who has performed a singular heroic act.
• The Youth Spirit Catcher Award: This award will be presented to a young person, aged 12 to 18, who has shown dedication and creativity in assisting one or more community organizations in Barrie, or has supported the needs of a particular sector in the community, for the benefit of the City as a whole. This can be through extensive volunteer hours, by spearheading a project, or by performing a singular heroic act.
Award winners will be selected by the order of the Spirit Catcher Committee and be recognized at the Barrie Community Foundation gala in spring 2020. Nomination forms will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28. For more information, including previous award recipients visit barrie.ca/awards.<https://www.barrie.ca/City%20Hall/MayorCouncil/Pages/Awards.aspx>

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Brian Beal, education director of the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board.

Brian Beal, director of the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board sent parents and guardians the following email updating them on coming labour disruptions.

As you are aware, the labour situation across the province continues to remain unresolved. We have been advised that OECTA (representing our elementary, secondary and occasional teachers) is escalating its job action beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 11, which will include the withdrawal of more services. It is important to note that OSSTF (representing educational assistants, designated early childhood educators, office and clerical and maintenance staff) also continues to be engaged in job action.
We have NOT received notice of additional strike days by either OSSTF or OECTA. Therefore, at this time, all SMCDSB elementary and secondary schools are open and buses are running next week. If we receive notice of strike action we will email parents directly and post updates to our website.

Week at a Glance – February 10 to 14

Monday, Feb. 10All SMCDSB elementary and secondary schools OPEN and buses running as normal
Tuesday, Feb. 11All SMCDSB elementary and secondary schools OPEN and buses running as normal
Wednesday, Feb. 12All SMCDSB elementary and secondary schools OPEN and buses running as normal
Thursday, Feb. 13All SMCDSB elementary and secondary schools OPEN and buses running as normal
Friday, Feb. 14All SMCDSB elementary and secondary schools OPEN and buses running as normal

Although we are still working through how OECTA’s increased sanctions will impact our schools, we do know that you will begin to see changes to how extracurricular activities are running in both our elementary and secondary schools. This will include scheduling changes for sport teams and clubs, with practices/games/meetings happening outside of class time.
We appreciate your continued patience as we work through how OECTA’s additional job sanctions will impact our schools. Please check the FAQ section of our Board website at www.smcdsb.on.ca – this is where we will post details as they become available to us. 

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A new online tool has arrived in Barrie that will help connect volunteers with those needing snow removal assistance.
Snow Angels Canada is an online platform where residents who require assistance with snow shovelling can post a request for service and volunteers in their area can reach out to help.
Although the City does not own or operate the online platform, City staff have worked with Snow Angels Canada to customize it for Barrie residents. As the platform has just launched in Barrie, the City is currently encouraging residents to sign up as volunteers at snowangelscanada.ca to grow the program.
On Sept. 30, the City issued a different kind of Request for Proposal (RFP). Instead of outlining the exact service that the City required, this RFP asked the business community to come up with creative solutions to the challenge of winter snow removal (specifically windrows – the pile of snow at the end of a residential driveway created by a snow plow) for people who are not able to clear the snow themselves. The City received three submissions and on Dec. 16, awarded the RFP to Snow Angels Canada.
This RFP was done as part of the Municipal Innovation Exchange (MIX) partnership. MIX is a partnership with the City of Barrie, the City of Guelph, City of London and is supported by MaRS Discovery District (MaRs). The goal of MIX is to improve and expand the practice of innovation procurement in the municipal sector and create practices that are tested, scalable and sustainable.
“Typically, when the City issues an RFP, we have a solution in mind and clearly state the type of service we are looking for,” said Sonya Favretto, Innovation Project Manager. “For this RFP, we took a challenge-based approach to procurement, so we can harness the ideas from the public. We hope this tool will facilitate more neighbourhood connections.”
To register your snow clearing request or as a volunteer to help your neighbours in need, please visit https://snowangelscanada.ca/

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The Barrie Region Innovation Exchange (BRIX), formerly known as the Barrie Community Woodshop, should receive a one-time grant of $300,000 to construct a complete community woodshop within a leased space, recommends a staff report to general committee.
In addition to the one-time grant, the non-profit organization would also receive $35,000 in 2020, and $20,000 in 2021 to secure a base programming space, says the report, written by Amanda Kelly, Senior Business and Enterprise Officer.
If approved as recommended, the contribution would be limited to two years, staff in the Economic and Creative Development Department would report to the City’s building committee in the second quarter of year two to evaluate the success of the program, and BRIX would need to meet certain conditions, including:
• The demonstration of matching funding from grants, fundraising, or private sector contributions at a minimum two (City funds) to one ratio; and
• Demonstration of a commitment to a long-term lease and associated buildout plan for a complete woodshop operation.
The woodshop had been operating out of Victoria Village since 2004, at an annual cost of $28,448 to the City. It contributed $10,500 annually to recreation services from member fees, and the remaining operational costs were subsidized by the City at a rate of 63.1 per cent.
It closed its doors in 2016 following the discovery of violations of building and fire codes.
“The Woodshop played a valuable role in building healthy neighbourhoods, social cohesion, and community, particularly for isolated and marginalized populations. Many Woodshop members were retirees and seniors, with regular participation from individuals with physical disabilities,” writes Kelly in the report.
“Members contributed over 4,500 volunteer hours to the Club, and built special projects for numerous community groups including the Women’s Shelter, CMHA, Curling Club, Scouts, Terry Fox Run, as well as elementary schools and the Barrie Public Library.”
The program has negotiated a two-year lease at 59 Maple Avenue, with occupancy to commence March 1. To secure the lease for the space, “BRIX requires the commitment of the City’s subsidy for years one and two of the lease to complete their deposit for the lease and to offset rent while they scale-up and onboard their partners to drive their revenue model,” writes Kelly.
The matter comes to general committee at it Feb. 3 meeting.

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Barrie police continue to investigate a vehicle collision that took the life of a 17-year-old Barrie girl, Wednesday evening.
On Wednesday at 9:10 p.m., police responded to a report of a single motor vehicle collision that had occurred on Georgian Drive in Barrie. Upon arrival at the scene, it was determined that a westbound motor vehicle lost control as it entered the curve in the road just west of the driveway to Georgian College. The motor vehicle left the roadway after mounting a snow bank on the north side of the road, struck a large directional road sign, rolled numerous times and came to rest in an open, snow covered area between Georgian Drive and Highway 400.
A 17-year-old female passenger from Barrie was taken to a local hospital by County of Simcoe Paramedic Services where a short time later she was pronounced deceased. The 17-year-old male driver, who is also from Barrie, was also taken to hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The road was reopened at approximately 3:15 a.m. after the at-scene collision investigation was completed. The fatal collision investigation remains ongoing and is being conducted by members of the Barrie Police Traffic Unit, who are being assisted by the Forensic Identification Unit.
Anyone who may have witnessed this collision 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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by John Devine

“When you put all the technical aspects into intensification, in the end what you really get is a lifestyle. Intensification creates a different lifestyle–different places for us to work, different places for us to live, and it really is changing the face of Barrie.” – Michelle Banfield 

A rendition of what Essa and Burton might look like under intensification
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When it comes to intensification in the City of Barrie, it’s not a question of if, it’s a matter of where, when and how.
Barrie is designated as a place to grow under the province’s A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, which set growth and density targets for identified regions like Barrie, Brantford, Guelph, Hamilton, and other municipalities.
“Municipalities in the greater Golden Horseshoe growth plan are required to plan to meet those targets. But it’s not just about meeting those targets. It’s about where and how we should grow. It’s about how we need appropriate infrastructure to support the growth,” Andrea Miller, general manager of infrastructure and growth management, told councillors recently during a presentation at city hall to review the City’s approach to intensification.
Under the provincial growth plan, Barrie is forecast to grow by an additional 107,000 people by 2041, bringing the number of people calling Barrie home to a forecast of 253,000. The city is also supposed to have another 53,900 jobs to employ all those newcomers.
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Message from Brian Beal, education director of the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, to parents and guardians about the Coronavirus outbreak

Brian Beal, education director of the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board.

As many of you are aware, two presumptive confirmed cases of Coronavirus have been detected here in Ontario. The Ministry of Health advises that the overall risk in Ontario is considered low.
With extensive media coverage and information spreading rapidly on social media, we want to assure parents and guardians that the health and safety of our students and staff is always our top priority. We work closely with our health partners including the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and the Ministry of Health in dealing with health-related issues such as Coronavirus.
The spread of Coronavirus is expected to continue in the coming months and as such we would like to direct you to the Ministry of Heath Webpage, which is updated daily with the most recent information on Coronavirus. This is the best and most reliable way to receive information about Coronavirus developments in our province. 
In addition, the Ministry of Health has provided members of our school community with the attached Wuhan Novel Coronavirus Letter. We encourage you to review this communication in order to fully understand impacts, symptoms and best practices in order to reduce the risk of exposure to influenza and/or virus. 

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Barrie youth charged with weapons-related offences

Barrie police have charged a 13-year-old male with weapons-related offences following an incident at a local school.
As a result of the ongoing investigation that was conducted by the Barrie Police Investigative Services, a youth, who cannot be identified under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA), has been charged with:
• Careless Use of a Firearm
• Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
• Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
The was released from custody last evening and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in late February.
Shortly after 11 a.m. on Monday, police responded to call from staff at École secondaire catholique Nouvelle-Alliance reporting that a firearm had been located inside a musical instrument case. Uniformed officers attended the school, located at 249 Anne Street North, which had been placed in a hold and secure.
The suspect, who is a student at the school, left the building prior to police arrival. K9 officers along with Tactical Support Unit officers searched the school building, as well as the surrounding area in an attempt to locate the suspect.
No injuries were reported. Students were able to be picked up by their parents or guardians shortly after 2 p.m. Anyone who has any information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.

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Relations between the City of Barrie and the Town of Innisfil may be tested by competing visions of growth on either side of the municipal boundary.
The town wants to extend its Innisfil Heights Strategic Settlement Employment Area (IHSSEA) north, above the ninth line and south to the sixth line. The northward trek would take the Innisfil area to the boundary of the two communities, and that has the City asking some hard questions, directed at the province in a letter from Michelle Banfield, Barrie’s Director of Planning and Building Services.
In the letter, Banfield writes that an expansion of the IHSSEA is inconsistent with Provincial Policy Statement, 2014 policy 1.1.1d, which states “healthy, liveable and safe communities are sustained by: d) avoiding development and land use patterns that would prevent the efficient expansion of settlement areas in those areas which are adjacent or close to” settlement areas.
“Without a fulsome review and consideration of the matters surrounding servicing and transportation the City believes this proposed expansion is premature and requires further study before any expansion is considered and before any ultimate land uses are contemplated in this particular area,” she writes.
The City’s concerns focus on its own plans for its south-end lands. It wants to develop the area as employment lands, and Banfield raises questions as to whether the Innisfil lands would be serviced, and if so from where the servicing would originate.
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A vision of a new nature centre at the Scanlon Creek Conservation Area in Bradford was presented to Barrie council last week as the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation makes a pitch for local communities to help fund the $6.5 million project.
The current nature centre, part of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, has reached the end of its days and a new one is needed to continue the work of introducing youth to the learning opportunities afforded by the outdoors, inspiring a new generation of environmental activists, Cheryl Taylor, Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation Executive Director, told councillors during a presentation about the new centre.
“The foundation is embarking on our first capital campaign to replace the centre with a new, larger multi-purpose facility that will inspire the eco-champions of tomorrow and be an environmental hub of professional training, workshops, events, and also community programming,” she said.
“And like all projects it will require a partnership between the public and private sectors working hand in hand to make it happen.”
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Georgian College and Lakehead University recently announced an innovative leadership program designed to help senior-level professionals and managers become great leaders.
The Executive Leadership Program will be facilitated by expert faculty and instructors and delivered in the heart of Simcoe County, beginning in May. Building on real-world experience, the program will focus on personal leadership style and technique, communication skills and emotional intelligence, and tools to drive performance and cultivate highly productive teams.
“Strong and effective leadership skills are critical to the success of any organization and team,” said Kevin Weaver, Vice President, Academic, Georgian College. “We’re absolutely thrilled to expand our growing partnership with Lakehead University to deliver this highly effective program designed to equip seasoned and aspiring leaders with the skills they need to take their teams to new heights and realize their personal potential.” 
The program is geared toward directors, senior managers and business owners from a broad range of private and public sector industries, including corporate, government, manufacturing and more. Participants should have a minimum five years of management experience and a team of direct reports.
“We are building capacity to create the leaders of tomorrow by investing in their development today,” said Dr. Dean Jobin-Bevans, Principal Orillia Campus, Lakehead University. “This program plays a key role in responding to the needs of our communities by helping to upgrade skills and further their education.”
The first session of the Executive Leadership Program will run in May 2020. For more information or to register for the Executive Leadership Program, visit GeorgianCollege.ca/executiveleadership.

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The Barrie Police Service is requesting the assistance of the public with regards to an ongoing armed robbery investigation.
At 2:25 this morning, a lone male entered the Circle K Convenience Store located at 477 Grove Street East in the City of Barrie. Once inside, the suspect, who was brandishing a firearm, made a demand for cash and an undisclosed amount of currency was received. The suspect then turned, exited the store and continued across the plaza parking lot. Fresh tracks in the snow would suggest that the suspect ran northwest from the store and likely into the nearby Eastview Park.
Responding uniform officers immediately set up an area of containment and were assisted by members of the Barrie Police Tactical Support Unit (TSU) and Canine Unit with the hope of locating the suspect. Unfortunately, the subsequent canine track was unsuccessful with the track concluding on a nearby residential street. The person responsible for this robbery remains at large and the store employee was not injured during this incident.
Police are hoping that through images captured by surveillance cameras at the store, that someone may recognize the suspect, his clothing or unique footwear. The suspect is described as:
• Male, 6 feet tall, slim build, black hoody sweatshirt, full face covering balaclava, grey tapered track pants with two stripes on left thigh, grey running shoes with orange on the heel and side and grey gloves with coated fingertips.
Anyone with information or who may have residential video surveillance or information is asked to contact Sgt. Don Moore of the Barrie Police Investigative Services at dmoore@barriepolice.ca, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.

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Barrie is being told to brace for a winter storm likely heading our way, one that will blanket much of Southern Ontario.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for much of Southern Ontario, including Barrie, due to a potential winter storm. The latest forecast is showing the possibility of significant rain and freezing rain Saturday through Sunday, followed by strong winds Sunday morning. This weather event may result in flooding and/or power outages caused by significant ice build-up on electrical equipment, high winds and fallen tree limbs on overhead powerlines. 
Residents are encouraged to follow Alectra on Twitter on @AlectraNews, download the Alectra app or visit the outage map at www.alectrautilities.com for the latest updates. To report outages Alectra customers in Simcoe County should call 1-877-963-6900.
The City of Barrie will post City service information related to the storm on Twitter (@cityofbarrie), Facebook (facebook.com/cityofbarrie/) and www.barrie.ca/EmergencyManagement. The City asks residents not to use social media to report service requests during the storm. Service requests should be sent to Service Barrie by calling 705-726-4242 Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm (if the concern needs to be addressed after-hours, press zero for assistance) or emailing servicebarrie@barrie.ca, or by using the Pingstreet mobile app, available for download viawww.barrie.ca/pingstreet. As always, in the event of an emergency, residents should call 911.
The City has all winter maintenance crews on standby to address icy road conditions. Staff will monitor the weather closely and salters/sanders will be dispatched accordingly. Residents can track the progress of crews atwww.barrie.ca/PlowTracker.
Barrie Transit services
During this storm watch, both conventional and specialized transit services will continue to operate. However, the impact of this weather may cause service delays. Staff will monitor the weather closely and work to maintain service levels where possible and safe to do so. Visit MyRideBarrie.ca for real-time bus information. 
What to do if you see a downed tree
Residents are responsible for damage done to trees on their private property. For any downed City trees or trees fallen on utility lines, call Service Barrie at 705-726-4242 Monday–Friday, 8am–5pm. If the concern needs to be addressed after-hours, press zero for assistance. Residents can also report downed trees using the Pingstreet mobile app.
Flashing red or blank traffic lights
During an electrical power loss, traffic signal displays at intersections will be either be blank or flashing red/amber. Yield the right-of-way to vehicles in the intersection and to vehicles entering the intersection from your right. Go cautiously and use the intersection the same way you would use an intersection with all-way stop signs.
What to do if you see a downed power line
Downed power lines may be energized and are dangerous. If power lines are down, stay at least 10 metres away (the length of a school bus), and call 911 immediately.
Make sure you and your family are prepared. Check out the Ministry of Natural Resources’ Flood brochure or visit the MNR website for tips on how to prepare for a flood. 
The City reminds all residents of the importance of having an emergency kit in the event of a sustained power outage. It is recommended that emergency kits include: medicine, first aid supplies, flashlights, new batteries, a battery-operated radio, a manual can opener, canned food, bottled water, blankets, food for pets and important telephone numbers for family doctors, schools, daycare and insurance companies.
For helpful preparedness information please visit www.getprepared.gc.ca.

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“Don’t make your first RIDE of 2020 one that starts with the Barrie police.” – Sergeant John Brooks

It seems calls not to drink and drive continue to fall on some deaf ears, with Barrie police officers having a busy shift overnight arresting four drivers for impaired-related offences.
In a span of just over seven hours, four drivers made the wrong choice and got behind the wheel of their motor vehicle, choosing to drive after they had been consuming alcohol or utilizing drugs, police report. 
Last night, between 7 p.m. and 2:33 a.m., three motor vehicle collisions resulted in the arrest of two males and a female driver after police responded to the scenes and determined that the involved drivers at fault were operating their motor vehicles impaired by either alcohol or drugs.
A fourth driver who was initially observed operating his motor vehicle at a high rate of speed was also arrested and charged with impaired driving.
“This is certainly not the way to end the year when there are so many options available to drivers who should know to plan ahead and make the right choices when it comes to driving,” says Sergeant John Brooks of the Barrie Police Traffic Unit.
“Don’t make your first RIDE of 2020 one that starts with the Barrie police.”

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The Barrie Police Service is appealing to the public for assistance after a number of mischief related incidents have occurred in Barrie.
Beginning on Sunday Dec. 15, and including four occurrences from last night, police have responded to 18 incidents where the complainants have either reported damage to windows in their homes or to parked motor vehicles. In all of these incidents, it would appear as if the damage is consistent with either a pellet gun or slingshot being used and the rounded projectile striking the windows. The incidents have been reported primarily in the northeast and southeast parts of the city but are becoming more widespread.
In the case of the parked motor vehicles, the projectile has shattered the windows on impact and with the windows in the homes, has either lodged between the panes of glass or been able to penetrate through the glass and screen combination. The projectile is described as silver in colour, round, metallic and approximately 1 centimetre in diameter. There have been no persons injured as a result of this malicious activity.
If you have information on these mischiefs please contact Sergeant Don Moore of the Barrie Police Service Investigative Services at 705-725-7025, ext. 2765, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.

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Council updated on project to enhance Johnson’s Beach

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 Johnson’s Beach in east Barrie is a favourite of residents and visitors seeking summer sun, sand, and surf fun.
Now, a project being planned by the City’s engineering department should add to the experience by extending the beach area.
In a memo to council, Angela MacLean, project engineer, said the department is completing the detail design for the Johnson’s Beach Enhancement Project.
“The beach area will undergo modifications to regain some additional area for beach use. The project will also ensure that there is an area for stormwater to flow properly to reduce the chance of beach washout,” she writes.
An information session on the project is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 16 at the Parkview Community Centre, from 5-8 p.m. A letter is being mailed to agencies, businesses, property owners, and tenants who may be interested/impacted.
Back in 2016, changes were made to the outlet of the storm sewer that moves through the beach area. “A rock-lined overflow channel was installed so that if the inlet to the storm sewer became blocked, the overland flows would not washout the beach,” the letter reads.
“Since the modifications there have been no issues with the overland flows on the beach, however changes to the design are necessary to regain some of the beach area.”
Highlights of the project include: Changes to the curb in the existing parking lot, removal of the existing rock channel, installation of a new overflow channel east of the existing rock channel, placement of sand in place of the existing rock channel.
The work is expected to take four weeks to complete, and will not require a beach closing. However, access to the parking lot will be restricted. The project is currently in the tender stage, and is about 30 per cent complete. Pending budget approval, work is set to begin next November.
“Daily access to the Yacht Club will not be affected, however movement of large vehicles in and out of the Yacht Club will need to be coordinated during the construction period.”

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The Barrie Police Service was contacted this week regarding an unknown male appearing to check car door handles in the Marshall Street and Little Avenue area of Barrie. The suspicious incidents occurred in the early hours of Tuesday, Dec. 17. 
While all the handles that the male checked appeared to be locked, and police have not received any reports of stolen property, they would still like to speak with this male and are seeking his identity.
 The suspect is described as: male, white; aged 20 – 25; thin build, wearing a hooded sweatshirt, jacket with a hood, a backpack, and Nike running shoes.
As part of an evening routine every night, everyone is encouraged to double-check that vehicles are locked and that any valuables are out of sight, or taken out of the vehicle.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Constable C. Manna of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext. 2550 or cmanna@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 looking to identify an unknown male who entered the Tim Hortons store on Dunlop Street East in Barrie and stole numerous items of value, including an undisclosed amount of cash.
On Friday, Dec. 13 at approximately 11:25 p.m., the suspect entered the store and spent approximately 15 – 20 minutes inside. He was last seen heading southbound on Bayfield Street from the five-points intersection dragging a covered garbage can of stolen items. At the time that the suspect left the store, there was a lot of vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the area.
The suspect is described as:
• Male, white; about 30 years old; white partial beard/goatee; wearing a white bandana around face; a blue baseball hat with red logo (Timber Mart); a beige hooded sweatshirt/jacket; beige pants; beige skateboard shoes; and blue and grey wool gloves. 
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable M. Hankin of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext.2642 or mhankin@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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Some time ago, a colleague dropped by, grimacing as he reached for his back, a slight stoop to his posture.
“You know you’re getting old when merely standing up brings on the aches and pains,” he said, perhaps looking for some sympathy.
I don’t know about that, being a fit, handsome and incredibly, eternally, youthful man. But it did get me to thinking about the signs we, or rather you, give off to reveal the fact Mother Nature takes no prisoners. 
Sooner or later we, I mean you, surrender to the slow, relentlessly grim pull of the reaper. Ask not for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for you!
Anyway, enough joviality. Here are some behaviours I’ve seen that indicate you, not me, are getting … mature.
When you not only don’t recognize the song being played, you have no idea what kind of device it’s being played on, you know it’s all passing you by.
If you talk more about your snowblower than sex, life, as you have known it, is ending.
When the bartender calls you sir instead of buddy, it’s a sign the age train is pulling into the station.
You know you’re getting on when you break wind in public, and either don’t know or don’t care.
If your back goes out more than you do, it might be a sign the years are piling up.
When you start to scream at the neighbourhood kids, and they’re not even on your lawn, it’s a sign old man grump has come calling.
When you start to laugh like the Penguin (think about it), don’t be surprised if someone gives up a chair for you.
If someone starts to tell you the good news about prostate health, man-o-man you are past it.
If you still think polyester is cheap stuff, your days as a fashion hound are well behind you.
If you get on the dance floor and even attempt to ‘do the hustle,’ grab the next bus for retirement city because they have a lovely lawn chair waiting just for you.
If someone calls you at 9 p.m. and asks if they woke you, age has become a factor.
When you get into the elevator and start to hum along, just step off between floors because there isn’t anywhere to go but down.
If the name Lawrence Welk even enters you vocabulary, grab some popcorn – with butter substitute of course – and watch the show.
When just about everything under the sun or moon has the potential to annoy you, it might be time to admit your capacity to just ‘put up with it’ is diminishing as fast as your bone mass.
You know you’re getting on when you start to worry about getting on – unless you’re an excessive worrier who has been obsessing about age since you were 20. If that’s the case, well never mind.
I know it’s rough getting old, but someone has to do it. And just remember, there’s always someone older than you. If not, man are you old!

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Premier’s Award nominees (back row, from left to right) Cassandra Nordell, Alex Brown, Jesse Hambly, Rishi Ghuldu, Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO of Georgian College, and David Mottershall; (front row, from left to right) Kevin Collins and Darda Sales at the gala event Dec. 2. (photo by Kevin Collins)
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What do a serial entrepreneur, the president of Easter Seals, co-founder of a charity, survivor of CBC’s Dragons’ Den, renowned chef, award-winning designer and four-time Paralympian have in common?
They’re all Georgian graduates, change-makers and nominees for the 2019 Ontario Premier’s Awards. These seven talented Georgian alumni were celebrated at a special gala on Dec. 2 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto. Kevin Collins was recipient of a Premier’s Award in the Community Services category.
Collins (Hotel and Resort Administration, 1984; Tourism Management, 1985) is a two-time recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal and Ontario Restaurant’s Trillium Award Newsmaker of the Year 2013. He has brought philanthropy to the forefront of the hospitality industry. As a child with Cerebral Palsy, Collins benefited from Easter Seals’ camp programs and pledged to give back, doing so as executive director of Friends of We Care, the industry’s charitable arm, which sends physically disabled children to camp. After successfully tripling the organization’s donor base and raising $20.5 million over his career, he was appointed to his current role as president and CEO of Easter Seals Ontario in 2017.
“People believed in me and that is a powerful thing,” said Collins. “When I get up in the morning, I am driven by having the privilege to help provide children with physical disabilities the opportunity to achieve their dreams. This is my inspiration and my passion and it’s like no other. It is an honour to receive the Premier’s Award in the category of Community Services. Georgian is where it all started for me – it gave me the foundation to get to where I am today.” 
Georgian’s six other nominees are:
• Alex Brown (Business Administration, 2007), is a self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur who launched and sold a number of thriving businesses, including his current venture, eCommerce Rockstars. He’s a well-respected operations and corporate development expert, and youth entrepreneurship and employment leader in Canada and the U.S. Brown co-founded the Dollar Beard Club, a subscription-based company that earned over $10 million in its first year and has more than 400 million online video views to date. He’s a mentor to numerous eCommerce businesses, and has been a keynote speaker on three continents. He was nominated in the Business category.
• Rishi Ghuldu (Mechanical Engineering Technology; Automotive Manufacturing, 1999) facilitated $200 million in synergy identification from Barrick Gold’s $10.3-billion acquisition of PlacerDome, and led the Business Improvement team to realize $330 million through value-creation projects. Leading Goldcorp’s Operational Excellence function, he yielded benefits of $230 million and led its supply chain transformation, delivering $26 million in annual net savings. He was Goldcorp’s Synergy lead for the Newmont-Goldcorp merger, creating the world’s largest gold mining company. Ghuldu is co-founder and president of CanEducate, a charity that’s supported 20,000 children with educational scholarships since 2010. He was nominated in the Technology category.
• Jesse Hambly (Business Marketing, 2014; Advertising and Marketing Communications, 2015) as a a two-time Ontario college graduate, ambitious entrepreneur and co-founder of Pressa Inc. He is helping to revolutionize the water bottle industry. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, Pressa Inc. secured a manufacturer in China and began working with significant retailers, including Saks Fifth Avenue and Staples. An appearance on CBC’s Dragons’ Den in 2017, a successful e-commerce site, distribution centres in China, the U.S. and Canada, as well as product placement in major chain stores across North America, has put Pressa Inc. on the map with global sales of more than 210,000 units within two years. He was nominated in the category of Recent Graduate.|
• David Mottershall (Cook Apprenticeship Advanced, 2001), is a critically acclaimed and award-winning chef. His restaurant Loka opened with the support of a Kickstarter campaign, which surpassed its $25,000 goal within a week, going on to be voted best Toronto restaurant of 2015 by NOW Magazine. He was featured in Toronto Life in 2016 and named one of 20 Canadian chefs to follow by Huffington Post. Mottershall implements a zero-waste policy in his restaurants and promotes the use of locally sourced, raised and produced food that highlights local farmers, fishermen and agriculture. He was nominated in Apprenticeship category.
• Cassandra Nordell (Interior Design, 2005). Before turning 25, Nordell launched two successful building and design companies, one of which, William Standen Co., was named one of the country’s fastest growing companies in 2013 and again in 2016, posting a five-year revenue growth of 958 per cent. She has been named one of the Top Female Entrepreneurs in Canada and a PROFIT 500 CEO. She is recognized as a leader in the North American kitchen and design industry. She uses her expertise to give back to her community by designing spaces for charities such as Habitat for Humanity, and mentoring new designers. She as nominated in the Creative Arts and Design category.
Darda Sales (Therapeutic Recreation, 2006) is a four-time Paralympian in two sports, a gold and silver medalist, world-record holder and dual sport World Champion, Sales has dedicated her career to positively moving sports for individuals with a disability forward. Whether working as a recreational therapist, swim coach, motivational speaker, or consultant to companies looking to improve their parasports programs, Sales strives to remove barriers and raise awareness that sport truly is for everyone. Her goal is to have a positive impact and change the landscape of what people perceive as sports for individuals with a disability. She was nominated in the Health Sciences category.
“We are extremely proud of Kevin and our six other Premier’s Award nominees, and captivated by their incredible stories and accomplishments,” said Dr. MaryLynn West-Moynes, President and CEO, Georgian College. “They’ve each worked exceptionally hard, built impressive careers, and are an inspiration to all future Georgian grads. Each has used their strengths and skills as changemakers and leaders to make their industry, community and our world a better place.”
The Premier’s Awards recognize the important social and economic contribution that college graduates make throughout the province and world. Georgian is home to more than 82,000 graduates.

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