Due to the suspicious nature of the fire, police and the Fire Marshal commenced a joint investigation.

The Office of the Fire Marshall and the Barrie Police Service are investigating a fire that occurred Monday morning in Barrie.
On Monday at 3:21 a.m., police and fire units responded to the area of George Street in regards to a fire, police report. Barrie Fire located a structure fire at an auto repair shop and was able to quickly contain the fire, limiting the damage to the interior.
Due to the suspicious nature of the fire, police and the Fire Marshal commenced a joint investigation. Security video located in the area captured the incident which shows a dark-coloured vehicle arrive and park a short distance away. Two suspects exit the vehicle and approach the business.
The suspects were then able to gain entry to the business and proceeded to set a fire, however upon exiting, they appear to have been caught in the flames. They can be seen running from the business with one of the suspects fully engulfed. The suspect appears to remove an item of clothing that is on fire, and both suspects return to the vehicle and drive away.
Investigators believe that the suspects most likely sustained significant and obvious injuries and would have likely required some form of medical attention.
Police are requesting the assistance of anyone who may have information regarding this arson. Anyone with information can contact Detective Constable D. Watson at 705-725-7025 ext. 2755 or by email at dwatson@barriepolice.ca. If you wish to remain anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.

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Early snowfall catches plow operator by surprise

The amount of snow currently falling in Barrie and area comes as a surprise to many, including the City’s snow-removal operators.
Contractor plows aren’t set to begin rolling until Friday, but in the meantime City salt trucks are on the roads and City sanders were dispatched to secondary streets along with sidewalk machines. 
Arterial roads are always a priority, but the City asks residents to be patient as trucks make their way around to clear our streets and sidewalks. 
Drivers are asked to avoid parking on the roads overnight to help the plows do their job.

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The Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie is participating in the Wrapped in Courage campaign, selling purple scarfs and ties to raise awareness about issues of abuse.
November is Woman Abuse Prevention Month. On average, 20-30 women a year are murdered in Ontario alone, and women’s abuse is the second highest reason for calls to emergency police services.
“The purple scarf symbolizes the courage it takes a woman to leave her abuser. However, the courage of the woman is not enough. It takes the strength of an entire community to end violence against women, and we need your help,” says the shelter. 
The Wrapped in Courage campaign is an Ontario Association of Interval and Transition Houses initiative that sells purple scarves and ties to those who want to support the Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie, and bring an end to violence against women. 
Scarves are $25, and ties are $20. To inquire or purchase these items, please contact Kayla at kaylae@barrieshelter.com or 705-728-6300 x 228.

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Following meetings with stakeholders, Ward 2 Councillor Keenan Aylwin says an agreement has been reached that could avoid the need to construct a fence alongside the Busby Street Centre.
It involves an “outdoor amenity area” for Busby clients.
Last May, when neighbours of the Busby Centre raised noise and behaviour concerns, they suggested in a petition a fence along the MacDonald Street frontage of the centre would help alleviate some of those concerns.
The idea gained initial support, including from Aylwin and general committee, which endorsed a staff report’s recommendation to build a fence. But when it came to council for ratification, the issue was referred to the building committee for further review.
“After doing a walk around at the centre, speaking with Busby participants and neighbours, it became clear to me that a fence could actually exacerbate the neighbourhood concerns,” Aylwin told City Scene at the time. “The fence is also not a dignified or compassionate solution and I think it sends the wrong message. I’m hopeful that we can come up with a compromise that works for everyone.”
Now, following consultations with stakeholders, Aylwin believes a solution has been found.
“At our last meeting, the neighbours, CMHA, and Busby came to an agreement to proceed with the construction of an outdoor amenity area for the participants in Busby’s programs,” he said.
“This area will be created at the rear of the building in the parking lot and will be a more dignified and effective solution than a fence. The neighbours, Canadian Mental Health Association (the property’s owner), and Busby will continue to meet on a regular basis to assess the effectiveness of this solution and to keep the neighbourhood engaged with the centre.”
The motion to build the fence is scheduled to come before the building committee Tuesday night, but Aylwin anticipates that “it will not pass.”

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Crews were working Friday night to meet the City’s deadline of !0 p.m. for reopening Dunlop Street, from Poyntz to Owen streets, following completion of the first phase of the ‘big dig.’

Dunlop Street, from Poyntz to Owen streets, is scheduled to reopen tonight (Nov. 8) following completion of the first phase of the ‘big dig.’
The section of Dunlop St. under construction will reopen at 10 p.m. tonight, although on-street parking in this section will not be available until Nov. There will also be intermittent lane closures in this section of Dunlop this weekend while the contractor does some clean up and finishing touches.
Underground work has been done to replace watermains between Mulcaster and Poyntz and install soil cells (underground spaces that allow street tree roots to grow) on Dunlop Street from Mulcaster to Owen streets. The streetscape construction gives an improved and more accessible pedestrian experience with wider sidewalks, rolling curbs and new interlock stone.
The work provides downtown businesses with more attractive and accessible storefront areas, along with improved patio functionality, according to the City. There will be more trees and new planters that will help reduce road pollutants from stormwater runoff. New public waste and recycling receptacles are in place and parking meters will be replaced with centralized ‘pay-and-display’ stations.
The next major construction timelines of the Dunlop St. project are:
· Phase 1B – March to summer 2020: Dunlop Street closed between Owen and Bayfield streets and the Five Point intersection.
· Phase 2 will start after completion of Phase 1B (tentatively summer 2020 to fall 2020): Dunlop Street between Bayfield Street and Toronto Street (work will occur block by block).
The work is being completed in partnership with the Business Improvement Area (BIA). The roadway improvements are part of the City’s capital plan for asset renewal. The streetscape elements/beautification are funded by the City, the BIA and the City’s Municipal Accommodation Tax (Tourism). For more information, timelines and updates, visit barrie.ca/DigDowntown.

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The stolen photograph, B25 – Bomber, is quite large, measuring 48”(w) X 20”(h), and is printed on brushed aluminum

UPDATE: The photograph B25 – Bomber has been returned.

The Barrie Police Service is appealing to the public for assistance after a theft was reported at City Hall.
It is believed that the theft took place on Monday, Nov. 4, sometime between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. An unknown male took a large-scale photograph that was part of a display in the Rotunda area on the main floor and left the building.
The photograph, “B25 – Bomber,” is quite large, measuring 48”(w) X 20”(h), and is printed on brushed aluminum. The suspect being sought is described as: Male, white, 35-40 years of age, about 6’0 tall, medium build, and short/buzzed hair. He was wearing grey or blue coloured hooded sweat shirt, green/olive coloured pants, black hat/beanie and dark coloured shoes or slippers.
Anyone with information on this theft is asked to contact Constable Opara of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025, ext. 2725, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.

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Barrie police have arrested and charged a 37-year-old man with Fail Remain at Accident Causing Death, relating to a collision early last Friday morning that claimed the life of a Barrie man.
On Friday, Nov. 1 at approximately 2:45 a.m., officers from the Barrie Police Service responded to a report of an injured male who had been located at the intersection of Wellington and Toronto streets. Upon arrival, police determined that the male, a 33-year-old Barrie resident, who had been transported to a local hospital and succumbed to his injuries, was the victim of a fail-to-remain collision.
As a result of an exhaustive investigation that was conducted by the Barrie Police Traffic Unit and following up on information that was received late yesterday afternoon, a 37-year old Barrie man has been arrested and charged with Fail to Remain at Accident Causing Death, contrary to Section 320.16(3), Criminal Code of Canada.
The accused is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice located in Barrie on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 9 a.m. The Barrie Police Service wish to thank the media and the public for their assistance as the local coverage that was received greatly assisted in the resolution of this investigation.

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The process of drafting a new budget is under way at City Hall
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The cost of maintaining a home in Barrie looks to be going up next year as city council considers a 3.52 per cent property tax increase.
On Monday, director of finance Craig Millar presented the 2020 Business Plan Operating Budget. The budget overview is the third stage in a six-part process of approving a new budget; the first two were council budget directions and staff executing a budget preparation plan, with the next three being a budget question-and-answer session, deliberations on Dec. 2, and council consideration on Dec. 9.
Directions from council to staff regarding the operation budget included:
Tax supported services
• Cap on any potential 2020 tax increase of 3%, excluding legislated changes, and the Dedicated Infrastructure Renewal Fund levy
• Options/strategies for smoothing the cost of service delivery related to growth pressures such as the net operating impact of capital.
Service Partners
• Budget changes directly linked to Provincial legislated changes/announcements be identified separately.
Other
• Increase the contribution to the tax capital reserve by $110,000 for the purpose of accommodating an increase in active transportation initiatives.
The budget shows a 3.7 per cent rate increase for water, a 3.88 per cent rate increase for wastewater, and parking fees being held at current rates. These are self‐sustaining operations, with revenue requirements based on full‐cost recovery.
The budget forecasts a $199 million 2020 capital plan, with $145 million in new requests and $54 million already approved. Key projects include:
• Harvie Road crossing
• Wastewater Treatment Facility upgrades and expansion capacity
• Bell Farm Road ROW expansion
• McKay Road ROW expansion
• Road resurfacing
• Dunlop Street corridor improvements
• Mapleview Drive East road expansion and new trunk watermain
• Storm pond upgrades.
The City’s debt level for 2020 is expected to be $312 million, down from 2019’s $322 million. Service partners will make their presentations on Nov. 25.

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Investigators would like to speak to the driver or anyone who may have been a passenger in a mid-sized dark blue pickup truck that is shown in the pictures and video being released

The search for the driver of a vehicle that was involved in a fail-to-remain fatality last Friday morning continues as police examine surveillance videos.
The collision took place in the wee hours of Friday morning, about 2:45 a.m., at the intersection of Wellington and Toronto streets. When police arrived, it was determined the victim had been struck by a vehicle that had failed to remain at the scene. The victim, a 33-year-old Barrie man, was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Police continue to examine a number of surveillance videos. As a result, one such video, which is being released today, has identified a vehicle of interest that was observed travelling westbound on Wellington Street and which stopped for the red light at Bayfield Street at 2:42 a.m. When the light at the intersection turns green, this vehicle continues westbound through the intersection and along Wellington Street.
Investigators would like to speak to the driver or anyone who may have been a passenger in a mid-sized dark blue pickup truck that is shown in the pictures and video being released. From the video, it is evident that there is something large in the bed of the truck that extends well above the side panels and rear fenders.
Local businesses or homes in the Wellington Street area east and west of Bayfield Street who have video surveillance equipment are encouraged to review their footage in the timeframe between 2:30 a.m. to 3:00 a.m. to see if they may have captured any images of this pickup truck. Any video surveillance that assist in this investigation should be provided to the police immediately.
Police are asking anyone who may have additional information or information which could assist in identifying the vehicle or the driver involved to contact Constable Hale of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 extension 2913 or Sergeant John Brooks at extension 2911.  The officers can also be reached by email at: mhale@barriepolice.ca or jbrooks@barriepolice.ca.
To remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.

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It’s the time of year for remembering, and the City of Barrie will be holding three events this year in honour of Remembrance Day.
The first, taking place on Nov. 10, is in recognition of the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands. The Canadian Tulip Festival, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the National Capital Commission are honouring this anniversary with the planting of the Liberation75 Tulip. The goal is to cover Canada in 1.1 million Liberation75 Tulips in honour of the 1.1 million Canadians who served during the Second World War.
Barrie has invited local Royal Canadian Legion members to take part in helping to plant some of the 2,000 bright orange Liberation75 tulip bulbs at the following event:
Event: Liberation75 Commemorative Planting 
Date/Time: Sunday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: Memorial Square & Meridian Place, downtown Barrie.
On the evening of Sunday, Nov. 10, the Remembrance Day Vigil will be observed starting at 7 p.m. at Memorial Square. From 7 p.m. on Nov. 10 to 7 a.m. on Nov. 11, five cadets in rotating shifts will stand vigil at the Cenotaph in Memorial Square.
On Remembrance Day, the Legion and the City will hold their annual Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremony:
Event: Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremony 
Date/Time: Monday, Nov. 11, starting at 10:30 a.m.
Location: Parade runs on Dunlop St. E. from Mulcaster Street to the Cenotaph at Memorial Square for the ceremony, moment of silence and laying of wreaths.
Remembrance Day flags
The City has worked with Heritage Barrie, the Grey & Simcoe Foresters Regimental Museum, the Legion and the Simcoe County Archives to design a series of flags to commemorate 33 local area soldiers who served in the Canadian Armed Forces during various conflicts. The flags are on display throughout downtown Barrie until Nov. 15.
• Free Transit for Veterans
Veterans ride Barrie Transit free of charge, with one companion, all day on Remembrance Day. Simply show Barrie Transit operators anything that proves you’re a veteran. For more information, visit the City’s website.

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Police investigate Halloween treat with needle inserted

An examination of the packaging could not determine if the needle was inserted prior to packaging or afterwards

The Barrie Police Service is currently investigating an incident where a two-inch sewing needle was located in a Halloween treat.
Late yesterday afternoon, police were contacted by a concerned homeowner after her child bit into a chocolate bar that contained the needle. The child was not injured, but the potential for injury was certainly a possibility.
From the investigation that followed, police have learned that the child attended homes in the Raymond Crescent and Serena Lane area, and also on Danielle Crescent and Catherine Drive in Barrie. An examination of the packaging could not determine if the needle was inserted prior to packaging or afterwards. The chocolate bar has been seized by police and the investigation remains ongoing.
Although there are no known suspects at this time, police are urging parents that have children who may have attended homes on the identified streets to please have a second look at their child’s candy and make certain that they have not been tampered with and are safe to consume.
Anyone with information on this mischief is asked to contact Constable Claridge of the Barrie Police Service at eclaridge@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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The MacLaren Art Centre’s 2019-2023 strategic direction, mission, and vision – tagged Enhanced Engagement – get laid out for city council tonight during a presentation from the centre’s representatives.
The plan, and a supplementary presentation called Start Thinking Art, calls for a focus on enhancing ways of “sharing our stories,” building the centre’s “curatorial focus,” and enhancingour engagement with new and diverse communities.”
Museums, says Carolyn Bell Farrell, the centre’s executive director, reflect the communities they serve, and also “have the capacity to create community through building a sense of ownership; reflecting local issues and histories; offering relevant, living formats and open representations; and emphasizing visitor experience.”
Its enhancement strategy involves:
1) Enhance ways to share our stories:
• Build enhanced relationships and communication with our audiences
• Provide greater physical and intellectual access to the artwork on view by offering audiences a wide range of innovative entryways
• Ensure that the MacLaren is a partner in community planning processes.
2) Enhance our curatorial focus:
• Build the exhibition and collection programmes on the theme of “reading through place”
• Co-create new narratives about this region with our cultural partners
• Explore narratives that represent diverse voices.
3) Enhance our engagement with new and diverse communities
• Expand partnerships and enhance outreach to engage new and diverse communities in Barrie and the surrounding area
• Develop interested, engaged and return users from diverse community groups and help them feel comfortable at the gallery
• Enhance the diversity of our board, staff, volunteers and artist instructors.
The centre conducted five strategic planning sessions in June involving staff, artists, service volunteers, and community stakeholders. An online survey was organized and emailed to the centre’s 2,700 subscribers, with 171 respondents.
“During these community consultations, we reviewed our mission; our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges; the changing demographics of our community; our current and potential audiences; and ways to measure and evaluate our progress,” says the centre.
Some key facts about the MacLaren Art Centre:
• The centre engaged more than 57,000 people in 2018 through activities at the gallery, in the schools and in the community
• It offers exhibitions, workshops and special events that “nurture artistic talent, inspire creativity and stimulate intellectual curiosity” throughout the year, delivering more than 650 arts education activities for audiences of all ages, interests and abilities
• The centre’s 30 exhibitions include two touring shows, four virtual shows, and 12 community shows
• Its staff includes 13 full-time and 11 part-time/contract employees, and 33 artists
• It is a registered charity, incorporated in 1986 independently from the City
• It has an annual operating budget of $1.85 million. The centre says it receives “cultural grants from all three levels of government comprising 20% of our total budget, including a grant of $137,000 from the City of Barrie plus facility maintenance”
• The rest of the budget comes from earned income, and the support of individuals, local businesses and community organizations.
MacLaren, as a public art gallery, strives to bring people to art and art to people in ways that are engaging, enriching and enjoyable, says Bell Farrell.
“Our hope is that this new strategic plan will help us to identify, prioritize and design contemporary visual arts experiences that are meaningful, representative and inclusive for new Canadians and culturally diverse audiences and that foster a sense of belonging. We are excited about what our future holds and deeply grateful to all those who helped to shape this vision.”

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The Barrie Police Service is asking the public for their assistance in locating 16-year-old Caden Raycroft.

The Barrie Police Service is asking the public for their assistance in locating 16-year-old Caden Raycroft.
Caden was last seen on Friday, Oct. 25 in the Burton Ave/Bayview Dr area of Barrie. He is described as 6’2″ tall, with a slim build wearing glasses, a black jacket, black jeans and black shoes.
Anyone with information on Caden’s whereabouts is asked to contact police.

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The woman pictured, say police, is a person of interest, and they would like to speak with her regarding this occurrence.

The Barrie Police Service is looking to identify a person of interest in relation to a serious incident which occurred at the Winners store located at 411 Bayfield Street in Barrie.
On Wednesday, Oct. 30, a male who had previously been seen attempting to steal from the location, was observed in the store again. Police responded and located the male and informed him that he was under arrest. 
The male attempted to escape the grip of the officer and ran towards the door. The officer gave chase and a struggle with the male ensued. As the officer tried to gain physical control of the male, the male resisted, and assaulted the officer, grabbing the officer’s gun in an attempt to disarm him.  
The officer protected his weapon while being assaulted. The male then fled to an awaiting vehicle and left the scene. The officer was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released. The vehicle was located discarded in the north area of Barrie. 
A warrant has been issued for a 29-year-old Barrie man on the following charges:
• Attempt Theft Under $5000
• Assault to Resist Arrest
• Attempt to Disarm a Police Officer
• Escape Lawful Custody.
The woman pictured is a person of interest, and police would like to speak with her regarding this occurrence.
 Anyone with information is asked to contact Sergeant Moore of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext. 2765 or dmoore@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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Police seek witnesses in fail-to-remain fatality

The Barrie Police Service is investigating a fail-to-remain incident that resulted in a victim who had been struck by a vehicle succumbing to his injuries.
At approximately 2:45 a.m. this morning (Friday, Nov. 1) police received a call regarding an injured male in the intersection of Wellington and Toronto streets. Upon arrival of police, it was determined the victim had been struck by a vehicle that had failed to remain on scene. The victim, a 33-year-old Barrie man, was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The investigation is ongoing.
The involved vehicle is believed to be a navy blue compact or mid-sized SUV/crossover or mini-van type vehicle, which would have significant damage to the front end.
Police also believe there may have been witnesses in the area at the time of the collision. Police are asking anyone who may have additional information or information which could assist in identifying the vehicle or the driver involved, to contact Constable Langdon of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext. 2912 or dlangdon@barriepolice.ca.
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Guess what week it is from now until Nov. 7. If you came upon with Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, pick a prize from the jar.
The Barrie Fire and Emergency Service (BFES) reminds residents to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) at home by getting all fuel-burning appliances inspected annually and ensuring there are working CO alarms outside of all sleeping areas.
“In Ontario, more than 65 per cent of injuries and deaths from CO occur in the home,” said Assistant Deputy Fire Chief Carrie Clark. “There is an increased risk of CO poisoning during the colder seasons when we spend more time indoors and increase our use of gas heaters, fireplaces, and other devices to beat the cold. Stay safe this season and make sure you get all fuel-burning appliances inspected by a registered contractor.”
During Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, BFES is giving away free CO alarms to everyone who provides proof of having their furnace and fireplace professionally cleaned this year. Residents can visit Fire Station 1, 155 Dunlop Street West, or tag BFES on Facebook (@BarrieFireService) or Twitter (@Barrie_Fire) to show their proof and claim their alarm. 
The Ontario Fire Code requires all homes in Ontario with fuel-burning appliances, a fireplace or an attached garage to have working CO alarms outside of each sleeping area. Fuel-burning appliances can include furnaces, hot water heaters, gas or wood fireplaces, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators, barbeques or stoves.
Condos and apartment buildings with a service room, are required to have CO alarms installed in the service room and adjacent to each sleeping area of all homes above, below and beside the service room. In condo or apartment buildings that have a garage, CO alarms must be installed adjacent to each sleeping area of all homes above, below and beside the garage.
BFES has partnered with Lowe’s and Home Depot to host two safety events during the week. On Saturday, Nov. 2, join firefighters from 12 to 4 p.m. at Lowe’s (71 Bryne Drive). There will be giveaways, a fire truck demonstration and information about smoke, carbon monoxide alarms and home escape planning.
On Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 1 to 2 p.m., BFES is hosting a free workshop at Home Depot (10 Barrieview Drive). The workshop will cover everything residents need to know to stay safe from the silent killer. Residents are encouraged to sign up for the workshop at the Home Depot Customer Service Desk.
Visit the CO Awareness Week page via www.barrie.ca/FireAwarenessEvents for more information.

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The City’s Watermain Swabbing Program, conducted every spring and fall, continues until tomorrow, Nov. 1.
It’s a maintenance program, and about five kilometres of the system is being swapped; the day-and-night effort began Oct. 28 in the in the following areas:
Ward 1: Strabane Avenue from Duckworth Street to Vancouver Street, Melrose Avenue from Duckworth to Vancouver Street, Napier Street from Duckworth Street to Vancouver Street, and Steel Street from Duckworth Street to Penetanguishene Road.
Ward 3: Bayfield Street from Livingstone Street north to the city limits, Cardinal Street, Robin Court, Cartwright Drive, Hadden Crescent, Rolston Drive, Meadowlark Road, Baltimore Road and Blue Jay Drive.
Swabbing involves scouring the watermain with foam swabs and high velocity of water. These swabs are injected at a fire hydrant, pushed along the watermain and are removed further down the main through another fire hydrant. The foam swab, combined with fast moving water, scours the inside of the main to remove sediment that builds up in watermains.
This sediment comes from naturally occurring minerals in the water and gradually builds up on pipe walls. Some residences and businesses will experience water outages as part of the swabbing process; those affected will receive written notice in advance of any outage. Some homes and businesses may experience more than one outage.
Residents and businesses may experience some water discoloration for short durations following outages. Follow these guidelines once watermain swabbing is completed:
• Turn on a cold water tap and let the water run for a few minutes. Do not choose a tap that has a water filter connected to it, or the sediment may clog your filter. Do not use a hot water tap because it could draw sediment into your hot water tank.
• Collect some water in a light-coloured cup or container to see if it is clear. Proceed to use the water if it is clear. If the water doesn’t clear in five minutes, wait 30 minutes and try again.
• During the outage, water pressure will come and go, but please do not run any water during this time period as it could cause large quantities of sediment to plug your service/plumbing/appliances etc.
Apartment property managers, landlords and business operators are asked to consider the following:
• Turn on a cold water tap near the water shut off valve (e.g. a tap in the mop sink in the maintenance room) and let the water run for a few minutes.
• Collect some water in a light-coloured cup or container to see if it is clear. Restore water to the rest of the building only when the water is clear.
If water is still discoloured after two to three hours, call the Water Operations Branch at 705-792-7920. Water Operations staff will be monitoring the watermains throughout this project. To see the affected areas on a map, visit the Water Distribution page via barrie.ca/WaterServices.

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The Georgian College Career Expo on Nov. 6 at the Orillia Campus will host 40 employers and hundreds of job seekers.
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Students, alumni and members of the public looking for opportunities for employment will have the chance to network with area employers at Career Expo 2019 at the Orillia Campus of Georgian College on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The event takes place in the gym from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Attendees will be able to apply to open full-time, part-time and summer jobs, learn about hiring processes, preferred skills and certifications, explore advancement opportunities and outlooks for various industries, and more.
This year, the fair will host 40 employers and hundreds of job seekers. There will also be a pair of Beatsheadphones, a Fitbit and a Google Home up for grabs.
The Youth Justice Division from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCCSS) has attended the Career Expo for the past six years. “This event is a great way to connect with our postsecondary partners and help students make informed decisions regarding careers in serving the public, in addition to contributing to better outcomes for youth in conflict with the law,” said Marc Savage, Recruitment Lead for the Youth Services Officer Recruitment Unit of MCCSS.
Savage said they have hired Georgian graduates from Community and Justice Services, Police Foundations, Social Service Worker and a variety of other programs and recommended that students attend the Expo.
“This event is especially important for first-year students to gain insight into employers’ expectations and their hiring/experiential requirements to help inform potential placement experiences,” said Savage.
He added that it’s also important for businesses to take part.
“It may seem obvious, but beyond meeting potential graduates prepared to enter their respective fields of study, the Career Expo enables employers to connect with individual programs and instructors,” explained Savage. “Faculty who attend and engage with employers can bring information and advice directly into the classroom to accompany program curriculum.”
Thi My Le Huynh, 29, a graduate of Georgian’s Early Childhood Education program, met her first employer at last year’s Career Expo.
“I volunteered at the Career Expo in addition to utilizing it to search for a potential employer,” said Huynh. “Georgian helped me prepare a great resumé in advance so I was ready to meet with employers. I researched who I wanted to meet, visited their booths and introduced myself. I was able to talk about my experience, give them my resumé and I followed up with several after the Expo. A week later, I received an email from an employer for an interview. 
Huynh is now working as a registered Early Childhood Educator in the infant program at Little Start Childcare in Barrie.
“I would absolutely recommend that students attend the Expo,” said Huynh. “It’s a great opportunity to help you connect with potential employers, establish professional relationships, and discuss potential job prospects.”
The Orillia Campus Career Expo is hosted by Georgian’s Co-operative Education and Career Success [CECS] department. CECS offers a variety of resources to assist students in achieving individual student career and employment goals.
Interested employers can contact Tammy McDowell at 705.325.2740, ext.3090, or tammy.mcdowell@georgiancollege.ca.

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UPDATE: Following a deputation on Oct. 8 from representatives of the Downtown Barrie Business Improvement Area requesting free parking in the parking lots and on-street in the downtown area until construction is completed, the City’s building committee referred the matter to staff in the Transit and Parking Strategy Department to review the effectiveness and cost of the request, and report back to the committee recommending suitable alternatives. The matter is to be discussed by general committee on Monday.

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Representatives of the Downtown Barrie Business Improvement Area (BIA) are scheduled to appear before the City’s building committee on Tuesday to lobby for parking options during the current reconstruction of Dunlop Street.
In a presentation titled ‘Construction Negatively Affects Businesses – A Solution is Proposed,’ the BIA says the current option of free parking on the fourth floor of the Collier Street parkade is not effective. The association is requesting free parking for all of the Downtown BIA area during all phases of the construction.
The project is proceeding in three phases:
• Phase 1A – Section between east of Mulcaster Street to just east of Owen Street commenced in September, and is scheduled to proceed to Nov. 8. This phase will be completed early in 2020, as weather permits 
• Phase 1B – Owen Street intersection culvert, Owen Street intersection to Bayfield Street and Five Points intersection. This work is to start after the first phase is done
• Phase 2 – Section between Bayfield and Toronto streets, planned following the completion of phase 1B.
The BIA has committed $300,000 to the $13 million project, but in the presentation says (many businesses) “won’t survive without quick action.” The construction is already impacting businesses, the BIA says.
“In Sept, (business was) down 56 per cent compared to 2018, down 51 per cent compared to 2017,” one retailer says, while another says the “construction has drastically affected my business! Wasn’t prepared for this.”
The parking solution,” says the BIA, “needs to be simple – all parking lots within the downtown.”

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A Barrie youth has been charged with numerous offences relating to a robbery which occurred Friday morning.
On Oct. at approximately 8:00 a.m., a female homeowner in Barrie observed an unknown male as she was walking back up her driveway after picking up her recycling containers. A few minutes later as she was preparing to leave for work, the same male who she had earlier seen walking eastbound on her street had turned around and was now walking westbound towards her home, police report.
The male walked up her driveway and while brandishing a firearm, demanded the keys for her car. The victim complied and the suspect was last seen backing out of her driveway.
Sunday afternoon, shortly before 3:15 p.m., an officer from the Aurora detachment Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) observed the stolen vehicle travelling southbound on Highway 400 after a driving complaint regarding the manner in which it was being operated had been received. Although the OPP attempted to safely stop the vehicle, the driver refused to pull over. The OPP continued to follow the car until the driver reached Finch Avenue where the male driver abandoned the car and fled on foot, only to be apprehended a short time later, police report.
As a result of the investigations conducted by the Barrie Police Service in regards to the robbery and the subsequent incident where the driver failed stop for the OPP while travelling on Highway 400, a 16-year old male from Barrie, who cannot be identified under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act (YCJA), is facing a slew of charges. He is scheduled to appear for a bail hearing Monday at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie in regards to Friday’s robbery and the charges laid by the Ontario Provincial Police will be dealt with on a future date.
Barrie Police Charges: Robbery, Point Firearm, Fail to Comply with Youth Sentence (two counts) and Drive Disqualified.
• Ontario Provincial Police Charges: Possession of Stolen Property Over $5000, Flight from Police, Dangerous Operation, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Stolen Credit Card, Fail to Comply with Youth Sentence (two counts), Drive Under Suspension and Stunt Driving. 

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Coverage area includes the waterfront and walking trails from the South Shore Community Centre to Heritage Park, including Meridian Place, and Dunlop Street from Mulcaster Street to Toronto Street.

The City’s effort to bring public wifi service to downtown Barrie and parts of the waterfront is proceeding, with the goal of having all five phases of the project completed by next summer, according to a memo to council.
Back on April 29, council adopted a staff report on the wifi project, conducted over the summer to select a vendor to implement the project over five phases, writes Ryan Nolan, director of information technology.
“The phased approach was chosen to provide the most flexibility for installation and budget. The coverage area includes the waterfront and walking trails from the South Shore Community Centre to Heritage Park, including Meridian Place, and Dunlop Street from Mulcaster Street to Toronto Street.”
Phases one through three (the waterfront) are due to be completed by next March. The City plans to work with the Downtown Business Improvement Area (BIA) on phases four and five to bring the downtown online by next summer.
“Overall the wifi project is progressing within budget, with major cost negotiations completed within expectations.”

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Council gets an update on Connected Core initiative

Connected Core launched an online tool on Sept. 24 called the Chalmers Bot, a database of information users can access for information on local shelter, food, clothing, housing, employment, drop-in and crisis support.
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It has been three months since the City launched the Connected Core initiative, and council has been provided with an update.
On May 13, council adopted the pilot project as a way of addressing social issues in the downtown core, with its goal being “to create awareness of services currently available in the downtown core, by bringing together community partners and other key stakeholders,” writes Sam  Docherty, program coordinator.
“The aim of the (program) is to connect marginalized individuals to the right services at the right time by providing access to a comprehensive archive of all our community partners and downtown stakeholders. This work has allowed for cross sector connections to be made between the business community, community partners and front line service providers in our downtown core.
“The pilot program “has also provided the opportunity to build empathy, eliminate stigma, improve the downtown climate and create a better sense of community.”
To aid in the effort Connected Core launched an online tool on Sept. 24 called the Chalmers Bot, a database of information users can access for information on local shelter, food, clothing, housing, employment, drop-in and crisis support.
The Bot “is currently available as a stand-alone tool, available to all downtown businesses and community partners. It can also be accessed through the Connected Core website and Barrie Public Library terminals,” writes Docherty.
The Barrie Police Service will be able to use the Bot “for quick access to information, assisting officers in quickly and efficiently supporting those in need.”
Docherty continues that the program has helped downtown owners and staff feel more empowered and secure about working in the downtown core through de-escalation and naloxone training. The creation of a job bank “has supported the creation of opportunities for employment to those furthest from the labour market, aiming to bring them closer to job readiness.”
Community partners – The Gilbert Centre, The David Busby Centre, The Salvation Army, Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness (SCATEH), Rapid Addiction Access Medicine (RAAM) Clinic, and Barrie Police Service – meet monthly to discuss related efforts, such as supporting the centralization of communication, identification of gaps, and further building of programs.
“As the (program) moves forward it has been agreed upon by these partners that Connected Core will move into a coordination role for local outreach services, including the creation of a terms of reference, calendar and communication protocol to support the ongoing implementation of effective, strategic and collaborative outreach services to meet the needs of those most vulnerable,” writes Docherty.
The program, Docherty adds, “aims to connect more people in need with the services offered by our community partners, when and where they need them.”

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It’s Waste Reduction Week in Barrie, and residents are encouraged to learn more about waste diversion and waste reduction.
The City’s Environmental Services department, in partnership with the Barrie Public Library, will be hosting a number of activities that highlight The Recycling Council of Ontario’s educational themes. Events throughout the week include:
• tips on how to recycle right and make the most of the green bin program
• how to find service providers in Barrie that will recycle or reuse your goods and that offer community gardening to help reduce food waste
• crafting and lunch and learn sessions
• using local resources to reuse, recycle or update clothes
• how to reduce use of single use plastics, including a reusable metal straw giveaway
• learning more about the Library’s Repair Café to help contribute to a sustainable society
• how to recycle your old electronics for free.
In addition to the events at the library, Environmental Services staff were at Bear Creek Secondary School on Oct. 22 to talk about the problem with single-use plastics. Other local schools will be coming to the Barrie Landfill and Education Centre for field trip visits during Waste Reduction Week.
For a detailed listing of events, visit the City’s website.

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A Barrie man has been charged with charges related to impaired driving following an incident Monday night.
Just before 8 p.m. Monday, Barrie police responded to a report of a vehicle that had collided with a house in the Mapleton Avenue/Marsellus Drive area of Barrie.
The investigation has determined that the driver had tried to enter a nearby restaurant, but as staff believed he appeared to be impaired, they refused to serve him. The restaurant staff attempted to stop the driver from returning to his vehicle and called police. The vehicle then left the property, where it traveled a short distance before hitting a nearby house.
Upon arrival, officers found the vehicle on the front lawn of the property, where it had come to a stop. The driver was located on scene and was not injured. Fortunately, no other injuries were reported.
A 23-year-old Barrie man has been charged with Dangerous Operation, and Operation while Impaired, and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice located in Barrie on Nov. 4.

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The boo ride is coming back to town, courtesy of Barrie Transit and the ghouls and goblins at City Hall.
The Ghost Bus is back for its sixth year, bringing free Halloween fun to the City’s three main community centres next week. Once again, a Barrie Transit bus has been transformed into a spooky place for families to explore this Halloween season. 
“The Ghost Bus Tour has grown into one of our most popular annual events. It’s a great way for families to get in the Halloween spirit,” said Alex Malmsten, Recreation Supervisor at the City. “Transit and Recreation staff try to raise the bar each year and introduce new spooky elements to keep the thrill alive.”
Approximately 8,000 people attended the Ghost Bus Tour last year. Here are the dates and locations of this year’s tour:
• Tuesday, October 22 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at East Bayfield Community Centre, 80 Livingstone St. E
• Wednesday, October 23 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Allandale Recreation Centre, 190 Bayview Drive
• Thursday, October 24 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Holly Community Centre, 171 Mapleton Ave.
In addition to the Ghost Bus, a variety of Halloween-themed activities will be offered for kids of all ages. The bus will remain stationary all night so participants are invited to drop in anytime during the free event. Costumes are encouraged.  
Parents are reminded to use their discretion when deciding whether or not to enter the Ghost Bus with their children. The bus is on the softer side of a typical haunted house, but may be too spooky for some participants.

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