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Barrie has a budget for 2020. The City is looking at an operating budget of $362 million, and a capital budget of $231 million. It all translates into a 2.96 per cent increase from last year’s numbers.
The City pointed to a number of factors for additional financial pressures, including provincial downloading, funding cuts to public health, county-run social services and city policing. Combined, they added $2.3 million to the City’s 2020 Business Plan & Budget, or .95 per cent to the overall tax increase.  
Broken down, the 2.96 per cent increase includes a 1.96 per cent property tax increase, and a 1 per cent Dedicated Infrastructure Renewal Fund, used to replace and renew Barrie’s roads, pipes and buildings.
For the average Barrie home (includes town homes, apartments and detached homes) assessed at $351,000, this increase translates to an additional $122 annually. The assessed value is provided by MPAC and is different than the market value of homes.
Council also approved a 3.34 per cent increase to water rates and a 4.75 per cent increase to wastewater rates. For a typical Barrie home consuming 180 cubic metres of water annually, the water bill will increase by $11.50 and the wastewater bill will increase by $22.96.
“This was an extremely challenging budget year, especially as we prepare for significant growth in the coming years. Provincial funding cuts left council with the difficult choice to either reduce key community services or find a way to backfill the provincial funding shortfalls,” said Mayor Jeff Lehman.
“Not withstanding these fiscal constraints, council and staff worked hard to provide improved service and invest in priorities like roads, transit, affordable housing and the infrastructure needed to support our growing city, while minimizing the impact to local tax payers.”
The budget includes increased investments in affordable housing, allocating $1 million to a Community Improvement Plan fund to incentivize the creation of affordable housing. The City is also spending more than last year to support affordable housing services delivered by the County of Simcoe. The Connected Core pilot program will continue in 2020. The program works with social services, police and other agencies to deliver coordinated access to outreach, housing, addiction and mental health and other general community services.
The 2020 operating budget also includes funding for increased lifeguard service at Centennial Beach, needle exchange bins and Naloxone kits at various City parks and parking lots and free Barrie Transit service for seniors on Thursdays. A Transit on Demand pilot program will be introduced in 2020 that will use mobile technology to provide flexible routing based on a specific transit user’s travel needs and a Community Bus pilot project will connect customers to a variety of popular destinations along a unique neighbourhood route.
Expanded operation of the Recycling Depot at the Landfill will reduce wait times and increase diversion rates and winter control and downtown maintenance will be improved with six additional staff who will increase service levels. 
Key projects in the 2020 capital budget include the new Harvie Road and Big Bay Point Road crossing at Highway 400, completion of the Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Services Campus, $4.2 million in road resurfacing across Barrie and $6 million to replace a portion of the City’s fleet of vehicles. Additional projects include the Dunlop Street improvements, expansion of Mapleview Drive East, reconstruction of Dunlop, Poyntz and Berczy and rehabilitating the 10 public washrooms in City parks.
The budget also includes funding for the new Huronia/McKay trunk sanitary project. Subject to agreements with the development community, this project will unlock 381 residential units in the short-term and is a key piece, along with a number of other infrastructure projects, which will permit the development of about 200 acres of City employment land along Highway 400.
Residential property tax bill funds are allocated to City services 56 per cent), education (13 per cent as mandated by the Province) and Service Partners (31 per cent between the Barrie Police Service, Public Library, County of Simcoe, etc.). The Business Plan & Budget will be funded through property taxes, user fees and other financing sources.
Residents can visit barrie.ca/PropertyTaxes and use the City’s Property Tax Calculator to see an estimate of their property taxes and a breakdown of how they’re used to fund services.

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Bringing body rub parlours in Barrie under a licenced and regulated system could help young women from falling prey to human traffickers, the chair of the Barrie Police Services Board writes in a memo to council.
The Barrie Police Service is “aware of numerous known body rub parlours within the City. If (the City) had a bylaw that licenced and regulated body rub parlours, the (bylaw department and police) would have additional authorities to enter and inspect body rub parkours to keep young women and girls from falling victim to human trafficking,” writes Angela Lockridge, chair of the board.
The board is recommending two actions: 1) That the City amend its zoning laws to permit and regulate body rub parlours, and 2) that the City develop a bylaw to license body rub parlours.

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Catholic schools across Simcoe County and Muskoka will be closed Wednesday for a one-day strike by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF).
The job action will close elementary and secondary schools. High schools in the Simcoe County District School Board will also close, as will the board’s adult learning centres.
“At our board, OSSTF represents 750 educational assistants, designated early childhood educators, office and clerical and maintenance staff and we cannot ensure a safe learning environment with these employees on strike,” Catholic board director Brian Beal said in an email to parents.
“We continue to be hopeful that a settlement is reached prior to the commencement of this strike action and we are committed to communicating with our families as this situation evolves over the coming days.”
Updates are made when available and can be found at www.smcdsb.on.ca.

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Wondering what the new era of legal cannabis might mean to you? The Barrie Police Service has released some details. Click here for a City Scene story.

City council was recently made aware of changes to the rules of cannabis production, coming from the repeal of the current licensing bylaw and replacement with a new one, the Cannabis Production Facility Licensing Bylaw.
“The new bylaw would incorporate legislative changes under the Cannabis Act that expanded the type of facilities authorized to produce cannabis, both medical and now recreational cannabis,” reads a Nov. 25 memo to council.
The new regime has been developed to incorporate the following:
• New and amended definitions which incorporate both the federal changes as well as recent changes to the City’s zoning bylaw.
• Expands the permitted licensing categories in accordance with the federal legislation to include various types of production facilities including but not limited to micro-cultivation facilities, medical production facilities and recreational production facilities.
For readers interested in more information on this, here’s a link to the memo.

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A recent memo to council from the manager of the City’s enforcement services details the number of complaints received in regards to licensed boarding lodgings and rooming houses.
As of Nov. 18, there were 39 lodging and rooming abodes in Barrie, with 23 of them having received at least one complaint so far this year, writes Tammy Banting. Of those 23 locations, 10 were the targets of multiple complaints.
“The nature of the complaints have included both interior and exterior property standards, yard maintenance and zoning matters including, but not limited to, pest infestation, mould, garbage/debris, inoperable vehicles, leaking roofs, long grass and weeds. etc.,” she writes.
The memo continues that outdoor property violations can be handled without first getting consent from an owner or tenant, but gaining entrance to a residence is restricted. Officers must obtain permission to enter a residence for an inspection.
“A licensing process does not change this requirement and consent to inspect is still required and can be refused by either the tenant or owner,” reads the memo.
Staff reviewed procedures in Oshawa, Waterloo and Thorold, and found that licensing bylaws in those communities are used to handle concerns addressed in Barrie’s property maintenance, yard maintenance, and zoning bylaws.
Most of the other communities, the memo continues, “did not have these types of bylaws in place and did not have provisions to address some of the community concerns or had insufficient resources to enforce them.” Rather, they used licensing and enforcement resources as an alternative to bylaws.
“The licensing itself does not resolve the issue of access to the interior of the property, nor does it alleviate the day-to-day issues that are most appropriately dealt with through the aforementioned bylaws. It is staff’s view that generally licensing regimes have similar results to the implementation and enforcement through (bylaws) when similar resources are available.”
The memo concludes by informing council that staff “have already explored tools including, but not limited to, awareness campaigns, escalated enforcement timelines and proactive enforcement in an effort to address the concerns raised. The implementation will be accessed and initated in 2020.”
The memo was in response to questions from councillors about the number of complaints received relating to boarding lodging and rooming houses.   

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The Barrie Police Service still has plans for the Bell Farm Road property … and wants $500,000 to turn one of the buildings on the site into a firearms training centre.
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Once the site of a fitness centre, 79 Bell Farm Road was purchased in 2009 by the City for use by the Barrie Police Service. It was meant to be a temporary fix until a new police headquarters could be built sometime down the road.
The end of the road is nearing, with the $103-million Barrie Simcoe Emergency Services Campus on Fairview Road nearing completion. The service still has plans for the Bell Farm Road property, however, and wants $500,000, as part of its $55.8-million budget request, to turn one of the buildings on the site into a firearms training centre.
The decision to purchase the Bell Farm Road property was made without any consultation with the service, according to a report outlining capital requirements for the facility.
“At the time of purchase, it was recognized and informally agreed upon by all stakeholders that this was a temporary solution, in anticipation of a new or alternate police headquarters in the near future,” the report states.
At the time of purchase, the building needed “significant refurbishment” to meet the needs of the police department. It remained vacant until 2015, when the service moved in to accommodate its quartermaster, property and evidence, training, and policy and research units.
When it was bought by the City in 2019, staff recommended $1.3 million be made available for upgrades to meet the needs of the service, but council ended up approving $650,000 of the amount, which, says the report, determined what could be done in terms of renovations.
“Strategically speaking, it seemed practical that with a limited budget, and a vision of a ‘stop-gap’ occupancy, the building would undergo only minimal renovations and required maintenance. Many much-needed items were eliminated from the scope, in hopes that the building would suit the service’s needs during this transitional timeframe.”
By the end of 2015, $850,000 had been spent, including an additional $200,000 for a fire-suppression system. Deferred items included dealing with ground-water seepage, an inefficient heating system, replacing a flat roof, replacing HVAC units nearing the end of their life cycle, and rotted stairs at the front entrance. The “catch-up” costs amount to $500,000 for 2020.
Additional repairs may be needed as a detailed analysis of the facility was not completed.
“These repairs and analysis were not completed as expectations were that all units housed at 79 Bell Farm Road would be moving to the new headquarters location at 110 Fairview in 2020. The Barrie Simcoe Emergency Services Campus (BSESC) would be comprised of an administrative building (Building A), a training building (Building B) and a fleet building (Building C).”
However, in 2017, council asked the campus team to, in an attempt to contain costs, scale back the scope of the project and defer the construction of the training centre. Council subsequently approved that deferral. The move meant that savings of $29,144,391 might be realized, “when both the Barrie Police Service and Barrie Fire and Emergency Services portions were taken into account,” states the report.
Removing the training building meant the project would proceed with the administrative and fleet buildings, at a cost of $103,335,470 million.
“Funds from the BSESC project were not allocated for the necessary renovations and maintenance at 79 Bell Farm Road. Further, capital considerations were not assumed by the project, nor was there any immediate strategy considered to address the service’s need of a viable training facility with room for growth and a firearms range. With the cancellation of Building B, there was no consideration given for the critical needs of the training unit that were to be addressed by the new facility.”
When the campus opens, scheduled for early 2020, all operations from police facilities at 79 Bell Farm Road, 29 Sperling Drive, and 60 Bell Farm Road will relocated to the Fairview address, “with the notable exception of the entire training unit.
“There are currently no funds allocated for the essential maintenance and renovations needed to ensure that 79 Bell Farm remains a safe and supportive physical environment that continues to offer much-needed training to Barrie Police Service members.”
Last May, meetings were held to discuss the capital requirements of the Bell Farm Road location that would permit the facility to continue to be used as a training unit. Two funding requests were submitted to council: $500,000 for 2020, and $1 million for 2021.
“79 Bell Farm Road is clearly in need of a major overhaul. From basic renovations and long-deferred maintenance, to renovations needed to support the building’s new role as a back-up communications (centre) and a dedicated police training facility, there are many requirements to bring the building up to the high standards that the community has come to expect from the Barrie Police Service,” states the report which identified two “significant goals” the upgrades would achieve:
• Upgrade a neglected building to meet the needs of the service and provide a practical, accessible and hospitable occupancy to its members and guests.
• Enhance the infrastructure of the service’s training unit, to allow it to properly schedule and and train our members for the foreseeable future, or until the completion of Building B at the BSCESC.
Read the full report here.

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Police charge more suspects in fatal stabbing incident

On Saturday, Nov. 16 at 7:15a.m., Barrie police and the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services responded to a report of a male being stabbed at 16 Dunlop Street East.
A 30-year old male from Barrie was found to be suffering from life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
Since then, the ongoing investigation into the murder of Ryan Babineau, which is being conducted by members of the Barrie Police Homicide Unit, has remained active and ongoing. On Monday, Nov. 17, a forensic post-mortem examination was conducted at the Office of the Chief Coroner and Ontario Forensic Pathology Service (OCC-OFPS) located in Toronto and the cause of death has been determined to be consistent with injuries sustained as a result of the deceased being fatally stabbed.
On Thursday, Nov. 21, Barrie police arrested and charged a 28-year-old Cory Greavette of no fixed address with 1st Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose and Disguise with Intent after he was located at a Barrie residence.
This past Monday, (Nov. 25,), the Barrie Police Homicide Unit identified two additional suspects who were wanted for 1st Degree Murder in regards to this ongoing investigation. Last evening, shortly after 6:30 p.m., 26-year-old Tyler Wren was located by officers from the South Simcoe Police Service and was taken into custody after he attempted to evade a RIDE spot-check near Yonge Street and Innisfil Beach Road in the Town of Innisfil.
This morning, Barrie police detectives arrested 25-year-old Abad Abdi Shire, who had been incarcerated in northern Ontario on an unrelated matter and returned him to Barrie.
Both of the arrested males have been formally charged with 1st Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose and Disguise with Intent and will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice located in Barrie later today.
Anyone who may have information regarding this homicide is encouraged to contact Detective Constable Bruce Bernard at 705-725-7025 ext. 2162 or by email at bbernard@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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The first annual Holiday with a Hero is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 30, pairing 77 children in need with local heroes from the OPP, CFB Borden, the Barrie Police Service, Barrie Firefighters and County Paramedics.
United Way Simcoe Muskoka has partnered with CFB Borden and Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions to bring this event to Barrie for the first time. Through Family Connexions, 77 local children in need from across Simcoe County and Muskoka were identified.
“We hope to provide these incredible children with an unforgettable holiday experience that provides them the opportunity to be a hero themselves as they purchase gifts for their family,” writes Douglas Landsborough, marketing and communications specialist with the United Way.
After shopping, the children will be part of an emergency vehicle procession to a morning of activities, gift wrapping and a pancake breakfast. The event begins at 6 a.m., when the heroes arrive. Shopping follows at 6:30 a.m., and at 8 a.m. the emergency vehicle procession begins. Activities start at 8:30 a.m.
“Not only will the children have a magical day, but their opinions of uniformed personnel, who often accompany an emergency or serious life event, will be changed for the better.”

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With the imminent arrival of winter and the current conditions of cold and snow, the City has geared up for seasonal snow removal efforts. Here are some winter maintenance reminders:
Parking restrictions
A reminder that on-street parking is not permitted on City streets from 12:01–7 a.m. and 3–6 a.m. within the Downtown Business Improvement Area, from Dec. 1 through March 31. This ensures that the streets can be completely cleared and that large emergency vehicles can get down the street.
Plowing of City roads
The priority are the main roads, those with the most traffic in the city. These roads are serviced when at least five cm of snow has fallen. The secondary (residential) routes are plowed when there is at least eight cm of snow. The goal is to have most routes plowed 12–24 hours after the end of a snow fall. With Barrie’s Plow Tracker, you can track the progress of the road plows and see when your street was last serviced. A reminder: plows can’t avoid leaving snow at the bottom of driveways because they can’t lift the blades in between driveways.
Sidewalk plowing
Sidewalk plowing is done on main sidewalks when five cm of snow falls and on residential sidewalks when there’s eight cm of snow. If you see a sidewalk plow driving on the road, there’s a good reason—they’re travelling to their next destination for plowing because it’s faster than travelling on the sidewalk.
Waste collection
Shovel out a small area at the bottom of your driveway for your garbage, recycling boxes and green bin, as far from the road as possible without blocking the sidewalk. Do not place them on top of the snow bank. 
For more information and updates about winter maintenance, visit www.barrie.ca/Snow.

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Revellers ringing in the New Year can do so to the sounds of The Trews, as one of Canada’s most popular bands takes to the stage at this year’s Downtown Countdown.
As well as the Trews, this year’s free Downtown Countdown celebration on Dec. 31 features singer-songwriter Craig Cardiff, emerging local band The Hillbirds, and family favourites Splash ‘n Boots.
“In partnership with Rock 95, 107.5 KOOL FM and Barrie 360, the City is excited to welcome The Trews as this year’s Downtown Countdown headliner,” said Arin Donnelly, Community Events Coordinator. “This will be an amazing night of entertainment and fun for all ages. And best of all, it’s all free.” 
The Trews, have earned legions of fans with hits such as Not Ready to GoTired of WaitingHold Me In Your ArmsHighway of Heroes, and Hope and Ruin. They’ve toured extensively over more than 15 years together and have been nominated for 6 Juno Awards. With roots in Nova Scotia, they now call Hamilton home and have performed with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Robert Plant, Bruce Springsteen, and Weezer.
This year’s line-up will also include Canadian troubadour, Craig Cardiff. Armed with an extensive catalogue of songs and sharp wit, Cardiff has played with and opened for artists such as Blue Rodeo, Gord Downie, Sarah Harmer, Skydiggers, and Hawksley Workman.
Included in this year’s event is an early celebration for the young (and young at heart) including a special show with Juno Award-winning Splash ‘n Boots and fireworks starting at 7 p.m. Splash ‘n Boots rose to prominence in the hearts and minds of families in Canada through music, live shows, and television. They’ve released 12 albums, including their most recent, “You, Me and the Sea,” co-written and produced by Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea. On TV, they appear daily in homes across Canada with their show broadcast on Treehouse TV and Disney Jr. Canada.
Every year, the City of Barrie invites local bands to submit their music for the opportunity to perform on the Downtown Countdown stage. From over 30 submissions, this year’s featured band is The Hillbirds, an indie/folk/pop band from Barrie who keep things real with their meaningful lyrics and high energy performances.
This year’s free New Year’s Eve celebration outside City Hall in downtown Barrie also includes skating at the City Hall rink, horse-drawn wagon rides, fun family activities, roaming street performers, food vendors, and two fireworks displays. The festivities get underway at 6 p.m. on Dec. 31.
Barrie Transit service will be free on New Year’s Eve from 5 p.m. to 3 a.m. If driving, there is plenty of free parking within walking distance of the event. For more information about the event, visit www.barrie.ca/DowntownCountdown.

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Arena formerly known as the BMC renamed the Sadlon Arena

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The arena formerly known as the Barrie Molson Centre will now be called the Sadlon Arena.
On Nov. 25, council approved a 10-year naming rights offer from Paul Sadlon Motors Inc. for $170,121 per year, a total of $1,701,210. 
“As a business leader in Barrie since 1971, my family is proud to be continuing our legacy of giving back to our community in such a prominent way,” says Paul Sadlon Sr.
As part of the naming rights, Sadlon Arena will appear on all signage at 555 Bayview Drive where the existing BMC name exists. All changes to signage will occur as soon as possible.
Sadlon Arena is well-known with an established reputation as the region’s premier sports and entertainment venue. The 110,000 sq. ft arena is home to the Barrie Colts (OHL team) and many other notable entertainment activities throughout the year such as concerts, trade shows and special events.
The arena opened on December 31, 1995 with seating for up to 5,000 and has an annual attendance of over 300,000. 

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Key dates set to fill vacant Ward 3 councillor position

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Candidates for Ward 3 councillor can file their nomination papers from today through to Jan. 10, at 2 p.m.
Those interested in filing a nomination for the position, which became vacant when former councillor Doug Shipley became MPP for Barrie-Springwater, must complete and file in the office of the Clerk, first floor of City Hall, 70 Collier Street). Here’s what’s needed:
• declaration of qualification
• endorsement of at least 25 eligible electors in Barrie
• FOI Release Form in order for contact information to be posted on the City’s website
• nomination filing fee of $100 (payable by cash, debit card, certified cheque or money order)
• nomination form.
Key dates for the Ward Three City of Barrie by-election include:
• Nomination Period – Nov. 26, 2019 to Jan. 10, at 2 p.m.
• Nomination Day – Jan. 10, at 2 p.m.
• By-election Day – Monday, Feb. 24.
For more information including candidate qualifications, application process and nomination form, visithttps://www.barrie.ca/City%20Hall/election/Pages/ByElection.aspx.

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The goal of the Connected Core pilot program is to create awareness of services currently available in the downtown core, by bringing together community partners and other key stakeholders, and to work together to fill gaps identified in the community
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Connected Core, a City-supported project that’s aiming to address social issues in the downtown core, is launching a winter boot drive.
The program is coordinating a drive for gently used boots, which will be provided to community partners serving those in need. The collected boots will be distributed by Salvation Army, David Busby Centre, the Gilbert Centre and Redwood Park Communities.
From Nov. 25 to Dec. 9, members of the community are encouraged to donate gently used winter boots at the dropoff boxes in any of two locations: RVH RAAM clinic (70 Wellington St., Barrie lower level); Barrie Police Services Bell Farm Rd office (60 Bell Farm Rd., Barrie; Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
The goal of the Connected Core pilot program is to create awareness of services currently available in the downtown core, by bringing together community partners and other key stakeholders, and to work together to fill gaps identified in the community. 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. To learn more about Connected Core visit connectedcore.ca 

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The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board has notified parents that it has received notice from the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) about province-wide job action, beginning Tuesday.
The job action involves about 750 staff, including educational assistants (EAs), designated early childhood educators (DECEs), office and clerical and maintenance workers. Teachers are not represented by OSSTF, and although they are continuing to negotiate their own contract, the board’s elementary and secondary teachers are not currently engaged in job action.
OSSTF, says the board in an email message, has indicated that their job action will include information pickets as well as a limited withdrawal of some services. At this time, the withdrawal of service appears to be administrative in nature and the union has indicated, through its public news release that, these job actions will have no impact on student learning.”
Throughout this job action, families and visitors may see staff members participating in information pickets before and after school or during lunch time. These pickets may result in minor delays and the board asks for patience and understanding as “EAs, DECEs, office and maintenance staff exercise their legal rights as part of a union.” 
Check the labour updates section at smcdsb.on.ca for news.

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Barrie police have arrested and charged a man with first degree murder in connection with a stabbing that occurred last Saturday.
On Nov. 16 at 7:15 a.m., Barrie police and the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services responded to a report of a male being stabbed at 16 Dunlop Street East. A 30-year-old male from Barrie was found to be suffering from life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
Since then, the ongoing investigation into the murder of Ryan Babineau, which is being conducted by members of the Barrie Police Homicide Unit, has remained active and ongoing. On Monday, Nov. 17, a forensic post-mortem examination was conducted at the Office of the Chief Coroner and Ontario Forensic Pathology Service (OCC-OFPS) in Toronto, and the cause of death has been determined to be consistent with injuries sustained as a result of the deceased being fatally stabbed.
As a result of a very focused and exhaustive investigative effort, late yesterday afternoon, Barrie police arrested and charged a 28-year-old male who is no fixed address with 1st Degree Murder, Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose and Disguise with Intent after he was located at a Barrie residence. He was scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie today.
Also yesterday afternoon, a stolen grey coloured 2019 Mazda X3T that was involved in the homicide was located in Huntsville at a motel on Main Street West. A short time later, officers from the Huntsville Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Central Region OPP Emergency Response Team (ERT) arrested a 27-year-old male without incident for Possession of Stolen Property. This male was not involved in the homicide.
Barrie police continues to request the assistance of the public, and is asking that anyone who may have information regarding this investigation to please contact Detective Constable Bruce Bernard at 705-725-7025 ext. 2162 or by email at bbernard@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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The Kiwanis Club of Barrie raised $1,500 for a program to increase accessibility. (From left to right) Troy Roach, Creating Connection; Raphael Marchand, Board Member, Community Wholeness Centre; Yolanda Gallo, Executive Director, Community Wholeness Centre; Chuck Mcilravey, President, Kiwanis Club of Barrie

Community members,  local businesses and community groups interested in getting a free deployable ramp to provide  accessibility to individuals in wheelchairs, walkers, strollers and delivery persons, are encouraged to contact stopgap@cwcbarrie.com or by calling 705-733-5683 or 705-241-5488 to get more information.  
StopGap Barrie one of the programs run by the Community Wholeness Centre in association with Creating Connection, Barrie North Collegiate – Woodworking Program, Gilbert Centre, City of Barrie Accessibility Advisory Committee, Downtown Barrie BIA.

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“To those wishing to establish what you may believe to be complex drug distribution networks, our communities are not open for this type of business,” Kimberley Greenwood, Barrie Police Service Chief

Following an investigation by the Barrie Police Service and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), street drugs have been seized and dozen of suspects arrested.
Project Shoreham, as this investigation was called, resulted in the combined arrest of 29 persons (seven by Barrie Police Service and 22 by the OPP) and saw a total of 279 Criminal Code and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) charges (100 by the Barrie Police Service and 179 by the OPP).
All the arrested persons are now properly before the court and have either been remanded in custody or have future court dates. In total, 28 Criminal Code and CDSA Search Warrants were executed during this project.
“To those wishing to establish what you may believe to be complex drug distribution networks, our communities are not open for this type of business,” Kimberley Greenwood, Barrie Police Service Chief, is quoted saying.
“Through our ongoing commitment to our communities, the police will collectively use all the available resources, tools and investigative techniques that may be necessary to effectively eliminate your activity and rid our streets of criminal activity.”
A collaborative and cooperative effort that was undertaken initially by Barrie police and expanded into an area policed by the OPP recently concluded with the execution of search warrants, the seizure of illicit drugs that were destined for our streets and the arrest of dozens of suspects.
What began as a mid-summer investigation in Barrie by members of the Barrie Police Service Street Crime Unit, and in particular the Drug Enforcement Unit, very quickly grew after it was determined that a group that had connections to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) had chosen Barrie and Angus as distribution locations for the street level distribution of cocaine, fentanyl and methamphetamine that would be trafficked and otherwise sold throughout other areas of Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka.
The initial search warrant that was executed on a storage locker located in the Town of Innisfil in early September by Barrie police, who were assisted by the OPP, yielded a number of firearms and drugs.
Later that week, four additional search warrants were executed and also seized was a quantity of cocaine, cannabis, crystal methamphetamine and heroin that contained fentanyl. Police also seized six high-end motor vehicles, which included three Mercedes Benz’s, an Audi, a BMW, a 2019 Toyota Tundra pickup truck and approximately $20,000 in stolen property from a recent break and enter (still in boxes).
As the investigation expanded north from the County of Simcoe and into the District of Muskoka, the effective engagement and subsequent deployment of the OPP Central Region Community Street Crime Units and the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau provided the investigative impetus to bring this investigation to a successful conclusion. The timely execution of additional search warrants again yielded positive results and seizures of both opioids and methamphetamine, in addition to other controlled substances and firearms.
“Project Shoreham stands as an example of law enforcement agencies working together for one common goal: to hold people responsible for distributing these drugs, and to relentlessly (endeavour) to protect our citizens,” OPP Deputy Commissioner Chuck Cox is quoted saying. 
Fast Facts: 
• 28 Criminal Code and CDSA Search Warrants were executed during this Project
• 29 people arrested, 279 Criminal Charges laid (Criminal Code and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act)
Police Seized: 
• 648.5 grams of fentanyl, 11,378 grams of methamphetamine, 3,704 grams of cocaine
• Three handguns, two rifles and one shotgun were seized
• Nearly $24,000 in Canadian currency
• Six high-end motor vehicles, which included three Mercedes Benz’s, an Audi, a BMW, a 2019 Toyota Tundra pickup truck
• Approximately $20 000 in stolen property from a recent break and enter (still in boxes)
• 6,500 street level doses of fentanyl (Fentanyl is lethal in quantities as small as two milligrams).

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Barrie police investigate fatal downtown stabbing

The Barrie Police Service is presently investigating an early morning death after officers responded to a report of a male being stabbed.
At 7:15 a.m., Barrie police and the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services attended the scene, which was located at 16 Dunlop Street East. A 30-year old male from Barrie was found to be suffering from life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
The ongoing investigation, which is now being treated as a homicide, appears to be isolated in nature and is being conducted by the Barrie Police Criminal Investigation Division and the Homicide Unit. The Barrie Police Forensic Identification Unit and uniform officers are also providing assistance at the scene.
The identity of the deceased will not be released until the conclusion of a forensic post mortem examination, which is scheduled to take place at the Office of the Chief Coroner and Ontario Forensic Pathology Service (OCC-OFPS) located in Toronto early next week.
At present, the investigation is focused in the area bordered by Clapperton Street to Owen Street, and from Collier Street to Dunlop Street East and as a result no pedestrians will be permitted to access this area or the alleyways within the contained area until further notice.
Barrie police is requesting the assistance of anyone who may have information regarding this investigation. Anyone with information can contact Detective Constable Bruce Bernard at 705-725-7025 ext. 2162 or by email at bbernard@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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Motorists navigating a section of Mapleview Drive east of Yonge Street will be facing lane closures and an upcoming full road closure in the near future.
Single lane closures are currently in effect on Mapleview from St. Paul’s Crescent to Royal Jubilee Drive, and starting Nov. 25 Mapleview from Yonge to Royal Jubilee will be fully closed. This closure will last until late December. 
This road closure will facilitate construction work associated with sanitary sewer and watermain installation. The work will ensure the City has critical infrastructure in place to service developments in the Hewitt’s Secondary Plan Area and the new south Barrie high school.  
Barrie Transit stops 514, 515, 522, 596, 597 and 602 will be out of service for the duration of the road closure. Route 3 will detour via Griffin Gate/Succession Crescent/The Queensway, and back onto Prince William Way.
GO Station Shuttle will be provided to accommodate GO Train connection trips. A temporary stop will be provided on Griffin Gate for Route 3 and the GO Station Shuttle (the shuttle will service all other in service Route 3 stops along its route). For more information, visit:barrie.ca/Transit. For more information and updates on this project, visit barrie.ca/RoadAhead.

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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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