The proposal calls for a mix of one- and two-bedroom units, ranging from 559 to 1,076 square feet, two ground floor commercial units, 103 parking spaces, individual balconies, and common amenity areas.

A public meeting is scheduled for Monday before general committee to review an application for the construction of an eight-story apartment building with 96 rental units on Dunlop Street West, between Boys and Frances streets.
The proposal calls for a mix of one- and two-bedroom units, ranging from 559 to 1,076 square feet, two ground floor commercial units, 103 parking spaces, individual balconies, and common amenity areas. An application for amendments to the Official Plan and the zoning bylaw to permit the development has been made by Innovative Planning Solutions on behalf of MDM Developments.
In total, the land is 1.78 acres in size, and is currently designated ‘Residential’ and ‘Environmental Protection’ in the City’s Official Plan, zoned ‘Multi-Residential Second Density Special Provision’ and ‘Multi-Residential Second Density Special Provision.’
The owner has applied to amend the Official Plan to permit a density in excess of 150 units per hectare outside of the Urban Growth Centre (UGC), and to amend the current zoning of the property to ‘Residential Apartment Dwelling First Density-3 Special’ (RA1-3)(SP)’ to permit the development.
To see a presentation of the proposal, click here.

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The scheduling of neighbourhood meetings to gather residents’ feedback about planned developments is being changed so that the meetings can be held before a planning application is formally submitted.
Staff believe the change will provide a number of benefits, including providing an earlier opportunity for residents to “view and understand the proposal and provide feedback,” council was told in a memo from Michelle Banfield, the City’s manager of growth and development.
“The process improvement will have the neighbourhood meeting scheduled in advance of the submission of the planning application. The comments and feedback provided by the community at the neighbourhood meeting are expected to be addressed by the applicant or agent as part of a complete planning application in their plans, drawings and reports,” she writes.
Other expected benefits include:
• Allowing the applicant or agent to hear feedback on a draft version of the plans, drawings and reports, affording the opportunity to respond to the feedback through discussion and revisions to the documents
• Maximizing the use of the legislated approval timelines under the Planning Act by focusing the review matters to those of a technical nature, having already incorporated the feedback from the community into the submission
• Reduce the amount of revisions to plans, drawings and reports throughout the process, ultimately decreasing time and costs for everyone involved.
The neighbourhood meetings are not required under the Planning Act but the City has held them for years. Such meetings “have been scheduled to provide the community an opportunity to review the proposal, speak to the applicant/agent and get a better understanding of the proposal prior to the statutory public meeting (required under the Planning Act),” continues Banfield.
The statutory public meeting which is required is scheduled at the beginning of a General Committee meeting, while the “neighbourhood meetings are less formal and tend to be more comfortable for community members to express their feedback.”
For more on this, including a read of a staff-prepared ‘Terms of Reference for the Neighbourhood Meeting,’ click here.

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Donations to the Barrie Police Service’s Mitten Tree drive can be made at any of the three Zehrs locations in Barrie.

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It’s time once again for Barrie residents to decorate the Barrie Police Service’s Mitten Tree and keep hands and fingers warn and cosy through the winter.
The service is collecting donations for the annual Mitten Tree campaign, the 20th anniversary of the drive which began with Constable Janet Schefter having a vision and a goal, which had been inspired by a group of individuals who had been struggling to stay warm throughout the winter months.
It was her goal to see that everyone in our community would be kept warm throughout the winter months, which led to the creation of the Mitten Tree, the service reports.
Many families, including seniors, are faced with low income, high rent and everyday living expenses, and it can be a struggle to make ends meet. The need to help individuals stay warm within the community has continued to grow throughout the years.
The Mitten Tree is one of many holiday initiatives which allow members of the Barrie Police Service and the community to give back. More than 20,000 hats, mittens, gloves and scarves have been distributed to individuals of all ages, throughout Barrie and surrounding area.
The success of the Mitten Tree can be attributed to the generosity of the community, local elementary schools and members of the Barrie Police Service. The Mitten Trees continue to become more vibrant and erupt with vast donations of hats, mittens, gloves and scarves which have been donated to:

  • Out of the Cold
  • Youth Haven
  • David Busby Street Centre
  • The Women and Children’s Shelter of Barrie
  • Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre and Addiction Services
  • CARAH House
  • Elizabeth Fry Society
  • Salvation Army Barrie
  • Hospice Simcoe

To donate to the Mitten Tree campaign, visit the Barrie Police Service, at one of two locations, 29 Sperling Drive or 60 Bell Farm Road, Unit # 1, in the City of Barrie. Barrie Zehrs are also accepting donations at all three locations: 607 Cundles Road East, 11 Bryne Drive, 620 Yonge Street.
All donated items must be newly purchased for health reasons. Donations will be accepted up until Thursday, Dec. 20. All inquiries can be directed to Corporate Communications at 705-725-7025, ext. 2926.

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Barrie hires new general manager

Blaine Parkin is Barrie has a new General Manager of Infrastructure and Growth Management, effective Jan. 16.

Barrie has a new General Manager of Infrastructure and Growth Management. Blaine Parkin will begin the role, effective Jan. 16.
“This is a key leadership role within the municipality and we are pleased to have Blaine join our Executive Management Team,” says Chief Administrative Officer Michael Prowse. “Blaine’s extensive experience as well as his strengths as a leader and collaborator will be an asset to Barrie as we begin to enter our next phase of incredible growth.”
Parkin has extensive experience in both the private and municipal sectors, the City says in a release. Most recently, he was the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) for the Town of New Tecumseth. Prior to that, he held the positions of Deputy Chief Administrative Officer and General Manager of Infrastructure & Development at the Town.
He is a familiar face at the City of Barrie. Before going to the Town of Tecumseth, he worked at the City for 10 years in a variety of capacities, including Director of Corporate Asset Management, Director of Strategic Services and Economic Development, Manager of Policy and Development and Policy and Program Engineer.
In addition to his municipal experience, Parkin has also worked as a Surety Claims Adjuster with The Guarantee Company of North America. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science-Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Architecture from the University of Manitoba and is a professional engineer.
His role role will involve leading a multi-faceted division that includes Planning and Building Services, Engineering, Environmental Services and Roads, Parks and Fleet.

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Campaign to protect Simcoe Uplands Moraine continues

The battle to protect what is called “uniquely pure water” reached Queen’s Park recently, when a delegation of Simcoe County residents met with legislators to gather support for efforts to protect Simcoe Uplands Moraine in Tiny Township.
The delegation from AWARE Simcoe attended proceedings at the Legislature on Nov. 23, and met with MPPs, according to a press release.
“Genuine interest was shown,” said delegation organizer Erin Archer, a member of the local Waterkeepers group. “Brainstorming of new avenues has restored the hope in our water protectors. We’re looking forward to working with MPPs from across Ontario to keep this water pristine for future generations.”
At the beginning of the afternoon session, Ontario Green Party leader Mike Schreiner (MPP for Guelph) introduced the group who were seated in the visitors’ and members’ galleries. Among them were representatives of the Federation of Tiny Township Shoreline Associations, the Friends of the Waverley Uplands, Tottenham-water, the Anishinaabe Kweag, the Waterkeepers and AWARE Simcoe.
In 2009, First Nations, cottagers, farmers and residents were successful in defeating Simcoe County’s plan for Dump Site 41. Advocates say extraction is the new threat to the water. In a meeting, Schreiner explained that on Dec. 5 he will be bringing forward a private member’s bill to protect water within another moraine. The group will press for protection for all moraines like the Simcoe Uplands Moraine, also known as the Waverley Uplands.

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It’s budget time for Barrie, and residents can have input into how the process unfolds by using the Budget Allocator resource.
City Hall is promoting the feedback tool as a way for residents to share what is important to them in terms of services and spending. It allows residents to choose to increase, decrease or maintain budget spending for nine major services, and leave comments about their choices.
Feedback received by 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 14 will be shared with council and included in the 2019 budget deliberations.
For instance, the allocator shows that current budget for the department of creative economy is $2.57 million. An increase in spending of five per cent would see the budget rise to $2.7 million, while a decrease of five per cent would see the budget drop to $2.44 million.
The budget for environmental services, which includes curbside waste/recycling pickup, now stands at $7.11 million. A five per cent increase would see it go to $7.47 million, while a corresponding decrease would drop it to $6.75 million.
Barrie’s 2018 budget came in at $80.87 million. Of the residential property tax bill, about 55 per cent funds City services, 14 per cent funds education, as mandated by the Province, and 31 per cent funds the City’s service partners such as the Barrie Police, Public Libraries and services delivered by the County of Simcoe, such as Land Ambulance and Social Services. The allocator does not include service partner budget items.
The past budget saw a 2.75 per cent tax increase, approved Jan. 29 of this year.

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Flags at Barrie City Hall are being flown at half-mast in honour of Willard Kinzie, the city’s first mayor who passed away Nov. 25.
Kinzie served as mayor from 1957 to 1961. Barrie officially became a city during his term, in 1959.
“Barrie has lost one of its greatest leaders, and one of its greatest champions,” said Mayor Jeff Lehman. “Willard Kinzie was the first Mayor of the City of Barrie and truly one of its finest. A man who’s love of Barrie and belief in its potential were unlimited.
“It is not an exaggeration to call Willard Kinzie the father of our waterfront. He saw the possibility to create a park and beach, a place for all the people of Barrie. This legacy not only delights us, it defines us.
“That the first thing about Barrie that most of us mention is our waterfront, is due to Willard’s vision. In more recent years, he brought the concept of a waterfront heritage trail to the City, now enjoyed by residents and visitors as they walk around Kempenfelt Bay.”
Kinzie’s bronzed handprint, cast in 2016, waits at the end of the Waterfront Heritage Trail at Penetanguishene Road to offer a ‘high five’ to those who complete the trail. An avid trail user, Kinzie envisioned a way for residents to learn about Barrie’s history while enjoying an open air, self-guided interpretative experience on the city’s s waterfront.

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UPDATE

Charges have been laid in relation to a sexual assault which took place in Barrie, Nov. 9.
On that date, just before 3 p.m., police responded to a report of a sexual assault which occurred in a wooded area between Red Oak Drive and Farmstead Crescent. Police immediately responded to the area and a female victim was taken to a local hospital and treated for serious, but non-life threatening injuries, police report.
Following the release of the composite sketch, a second incident was reported to police. This incident occurred on Tuesday, Oct. 2, between 2:30 and 3 p.m., in the area of Ardagh Road and Eaglestone Lane. The victim did not sustain any physical injuries.
Through further investigation, it had been determined that the same male had been responsible for both assaults, police report. On Thursday, Nov.  29, detectives from the Crimes Against Person Unit arrested and charged a 39-year-old Barrie man. He has been charged with Sexual Interference, Sexual Assault, and Sexual Assault Causing Bodily Harm.
The accused appeared in a Barrie Court of Justice for a bail hearing last Friday morning and has been remanded into custody. The investigation conducted by the Crimes Against Person Unit utilized numerous resources within the Barrie Police Service. Investigators would like to thank the public and local media for their assistance.
A court-imposed publication ban has been implemented and no further information can be released at this time, police report.


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Police have released this sketch of suspect wanted in assault investigation

The investigation into a serious assault that was reported to the Barrie Police on Friday, Nov. 9, just before 3 p.m., remains ongoing and police can now confirm that assault was sexual in nature.
Police have also established a dedicated tip line and anyone with information is strongly encouraged to contact the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-0501.
A composite sketch of the suspect who is believed to have carried out this violent attack has been released and investigators are hopeful the release of this sketch will assist in the identification and arrest of the person responsible.
The Barrie Police Service again reminds the public to be aware of their personal safety at all times and when possible, refrain from entering secluded and poorly lit areas alone. Further details and updates will only be provided as the investigation permits.


Barrie police are seeking a suspect following what they say was a “serious assault” Friday afternoon that left a woman hospitalized.
Just after 3 p.m. on Friday, police say they responded to a report of a serious assault that occurred northeast of a local secondary school in a wooded area between Red Oak Drive and Farmstead Crescent. Uniform officers immediately responded to the area where a female victim was located and taken to a local hospital for what are described as serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
The investigation has utilized resources from within the Barrie Police Service, including the Tactical Support Unit, Canine Unit, Forensic Identification Unit, Community Response Unit, Investigative Services and the Crimes Against Person Unit. A thorough search of the area where the assault is believed to have taken place has been conducted, however at present, the person responsible remains outstanding.
Detectives, police continue, have determined that the person who is believed to be responsible for this assault is described as a white male, about 40 years old, thin hollow face with a medium build and a beard. He may have been wearing a blue or black with white plaid shirt, either dark blue or black coloured cargo pants and a blue beanie style hat.
Anyone with information to the assault is asked to contact Detective Constable Thisdelle at 705-725-7025, ext. 2935, by email at vthisdelle@barriepolice.ca,  by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.
Further details and updates will only be provided as the investigation permits. The Barrie Police Service reminds the public to be aware of their personal safety at all times and when possible, refrain from entering secluded and poorly lit areas alone.

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City Hall, in a partnership with Barrie Transit and the Simcoe County Student Transportation Consortium, is launching a pilot program designed to integrate transit services to better serve younger riders.
The program is called the Barrie Transit Field Trip Pass, council was informed in a memorandum from Taylor Green, transit compliance specialist. It “aims to offer ten (10) elementary schools the opportunity to use the system in a safe and educational manner,” writes Green.
“Teachers and students go on field trips throughout the school year but must be cognizant of travel costs to both their respective (boards) and families. Charter bus bookings can add up to significant expenses and vehicle availability may limit their mobility options. By partnering with the (school boards), the City will be able to widen the scope of our existing trip/travel planning programs, promote new ridership over the long term, as well as increase the awareness and provide opportunities for greater utilization at City facilities.”
The program begins Dec. 1 and runs through the end of the 2018/19 school year. Each school will receive three field trip passes each. Each pass will be valid for unlimited travel for 30 students and five adults. Multiple passes can be combined to accommodate additional students/teachers/chaperones, reads the memo.
The schools are: Allandale Heights, Ardagh Bluffs, Emma King, Monsignor Clair, St. John Vianney, St. Monica’s, Steele St, WC Little, West Bayfield, and Willow Landing.
Read the full memo here.

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City Hall gets award for reducing energy consumption

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Barrie has been recognized for its efforts in achieving “exceptional energy performance in municipal facilities,” Adam McMullin, manager of energy management, told council in a recent memorandum.
The award came from the Mayor’s Megawatt Challenge (MMC), for energy savings achieved at City Hall. Barrie is an active participant in the program – administered by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, states the memo. The aim of the program is to bring “together leading municipalities to achieve exceptional energy performance in municipal facilities. The award is granted to facilities that reduce energy consumption by 10 per  cent compared to the previous year. City Hall exceed this threshold by achieving an energy reduction of 16 per cent in 2017, compared to 2016.”
The results, the memo continues, were “largely driven by the efficiencies realized from the recently replaced heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The Facility Planning and Development Branch led the capital renewal project and chose to implement an innovative technical solution – a variable refrigerant flow (VRF) system. This HVAC system allows for the simultaneous transfer of heating and cooling energy within a floor to serve the dynamic comfort needs of a larger tower building office environment, while minimizing energy usage.”
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UPDATE

Barrie residents had an opportunity on Wednesday to meet with City planning officials to get information about the process to create a new official plan.
The ‘Continuing the Conversation: A New Official Plan and Zoning By-law’ document, known as the 3 Pillars, was made available to the public. Attendees were afforded the opportunity to provide feedback on the plan and process.
Members of the public are welcome to come to this drop-in style engagement opportunity to talk with City Planning staff and provide some feedback on the Big Questions being posed in the 3 Pillars paper. Feedback can also be provided here. Click here to read the full OP document.


Residents of Barrie are being asked their opinions as the City begins a process of creating a new Official Plan (OP), anticipated to take 18 months and go through six phases.
“Barrie is on the cusp of major growth and we need to think ahead. The Official Plan Project is an opportunity to collectively build a vision for Barrie’s future,” explains Andrea Bourrie, Director of Planning and Building Services. “Our city is already an amazing place to call home – let’s build on that together.”
The OP is the city’s overarching master plan that sets a vision of what Barrie will be in the next 20 years and guides development for that future. It’s a complex document integrating provincial legislation and policies with public opinion and all elements of the city (i.e. land-use, infrastructure, transportation, natural heritage and culture), states a City release.
The project builds upon previous engagement from the intensification workshops and Essa/Bradford Corridor study that were completed in spring 2018. Feedback gathered in this phase will become the basis for further engagement during phase two of the project which will begin in early 2019.
Residents are encouraged to learn more about the project and share their priorities for Barrie’s future:
• Visit buildingbarrie.ca/OP1 to follow the project and complete the quick poll
• Participate in the interactive workshop on Wednesday, Nov. from 6 – 8 p.m. at the City Hall Rotunda (70 Collier Street). It’s open to everyone and registration is not required.
For more information on how the City is preparing for growth, visit buildingbarrie.ca and join the conversation.

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Two men, one from Innisfil and the other Essa, have been charged in connection wth reported shootings by a small calibre pellet-type gun.
On Nov. 20, Barrie Police Service responded to a report that a male had been shot in the eye by what is believed to be a small caliber pellet-type gun. The following day, an officer from the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was investigating a multi-vehicle collision on County Road 90 in Springwater Township when a motorist approached the officer to report that he had been shot at by what was believed to have been a person in a passing car.
Following an investigation into both incidents, Barrie police have now charged the motorist in the second report, a 19-year-old Essa man, with Aggravated Assault, Pointing a Firearm, three counts of Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose, and five counts of Assault with a Weapon. These charges relate to several incidents, including the shooting which occurred on Nov. 20 in Barrie.
He is also facing a charge of Public Mischief for the false report of having been shot with a pellet gun on Nov. 21. As a result of this false report, Barrie police issued an updated media release, noting that a second pellet gun incident had been reported.
As well, a 21-year-old Innisfil man has been charged with Aggravated Assault, Pointing a Firearm, three counts of Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose, and five counts of Assault with a Weapon. Both men appeared in an Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on Wednesday for a bail hearing.


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Police are investigating what seems to be a another incident of someone being shot by what is believed to be a pellet gun.
Thursday night, just after 7 p.m., an officer from the Huronia West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was investigating a multi-vehicle collision on County Road 90 in Springwater Township when a motorist approached the officer to report that he had been shot at by what was believed to have been a person in a passing car, police report.
The motorist did not sustain any injuries, but was reportedly struck by a number of pellets which were shot from what is believed to be a pellet gun. This incident occurred on County Road 90 near Don Ross Drive, just east of the town of Angus and the vehicle believed to be involved is described as a 1991-1997 Honda Civic hatchback, that was light green in colour.
Due to similarities in this incident and the incident that occurred on Monday Nov. 19 on Cundles Road West in Barrie, the Barrie Police Investigative Services are continuing their investigative efforts in identifying both the motor vehicle involved and the person(s) responsible.
Anyone with information with regards to this incident is asked to contact Sergeant Glen Furlong of the Barrie Police Investigative Services at 705-725-7025, ext. 2632, by email at gfurlong@barriepolice.ca, by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.


A Barrie man is in hospital after being shot in the eye by what is believed to be a type of small calibre pellet gun, police report.
The man was walking along the sidewalk on the south side of Cundles Road West, east of Sunnidale Road, at about 9:35 p.m. Monday night when a small green-coloured car approached him. The vehicle slowed, activated its four-way flashers, and then stopped opposite the male, police report.
Thinking that the occupants of the vehicle required some type of assistance, the male turned his head and as he did so, he was shot in the right eye. The occupants of the vehicle then drove off eastbound on Cundles Road West towards the area of either Coulter or Bayfield streets, at which time the victim realized that he had been injured. After dialing 911, he was taken to a hospital where he is being treated for a potentially life-altering injury.
From the investigation which followed by members of the Barrie Police Investigative Services, it has been determined that the incident appears to be isolated in nature. Police are attempting to locate the vehicle wanted in regards to this incident, which is further described as being a light green-coloured two-door compact style passenger car that may be a Honda or Toyota.
At present, there are no descriptions available with regards to the suspects being sought and the investigation remains ongoing.
Anyone with information with regards to this assault is asked to contact Sergeant Dave Berriault of the Barrie Police Investigative Services at 705-725-7025, ext. 2518, by email at dberriault@barriepolice.ca, by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.

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Talk is Free Theatre (TIFT) has named Joe Pagnan as the 2018 recipient of the F Joseph Anderson Award, founded in 2011 to honour the contributions of TIFT’s Founding Chair F Joseph Anderson.
It was designed to celebrate an individual who has provided exceptional impact in furthering the objectives of TIFT. Some of the previous recipients have included Steve Sperling, Aline Revoy, Beth Foster and Ashley Frederick.
“Joe is an outstanding talent who selflessly shaped our productions, mentored both emerging and more senior artists, who either sought his mentorship or benefited from it without asking,” Kathryn Talbot, TIFT chair, is quoted saying.
“We’ve been fortunate to have Joe as our resident designer for over six seasons and he’s been instrumental in the success of numerous influential TIFT productions. We wanted to recognize his contributions with the F Joseph Anderson Award.”
On receiving the award, Pagnan said he thanks the company for trusting in his creative journey.
“I am humbled to have my work featured by the F J  Anderson award, and I hope it opens a discussion for ways companies can support emerging interdisciplinary artists often at odds with their creative identity. Thank you Arkady and Talk Is Free for giving space to  risk.”
Some of Pagnan’s TIFT productions include Hedwig and The Angry Inch, The Curious Voyage, Amadeus, Candide, Offline, Darling of the Day, Sunday in the Park With George, Gotcha!, Stop The World, Prince of Hamburg, I Claudia, Vigil, and The Wakowski Brothers.
Pagnan was nominated for the 2017 Pauline McGibbon Award, is a three-time Broadway World Award recipient, a Dora Award Nominee, and a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School and the Young Centre Emerging Artist’s Program, with further training with Universität Weimar. He is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada. More can be found at joepagnan.com.

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Police charge three motorists with impaired driving

In just over three hours this past weekend, Barrie police stopped and charged three motorists with impaired-driving offences.
Officers, police report, responded to three separate motor vehicle collisions in Barrie, but there was a common factor which connected each of these incidents. In each case, the at-fault driver was arrested and charged with impaired driving as a result of making a poor decision that resulted in them getting behind the wheel of their car and driving after they had consumed alcohol. Fortunately, no one sustained any serious injuries, but the situation could have been worse.
“With so many options available to the motoring public this holiday season, it is imperative that drivers plan ahead and this includes how they will get home after an evening of socializing that may involve alcohol. There have been far too many times that our officers have been called to the scene of crash that involves alcohol or drugs and in all of these investigations, available options would have likely prevented the crash from occurring if the driver simply planned ahead,” Sergeant John Brooks of the Barrie Police Traffic Unit is quoted saying.
Each and every day, impaired driving wreaks havoc upon our roads right across the country and can change a family or an individual’s life forever, police report. This holiday season, the Barrie Police Service is encouraging the public to take the time to simply plan ahead and consider using a designated driver, a ride sharing service, public transit or any other transportation service provider if you plan on drinking or using recreational cannabis. By planning now, you can never put yourself in a seat you shouldn’t be in or in a position that you may regret for a lifetime.

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The Sam Roberts Band, hailing from Montreal, will headline the Downtown Countdown, Barrie’s annual New Year’s Eve bash.
“In partnership with Rock 95 and 107.5 KOOL FM, the City is excited to welcome Canadian favourite Sam Roberts Band to headline the Downtown Countdown,” said Arin Donnelly, Community Events Coordinator. “With alt-rock anthems like Brother Down, Don’t Walk Away Eileen, and Where Have All the Good People Gone, this show in Barrie on New Year’s Eve is the place to be.”
Roberts, a Juno Award winning artist, has six albums under his belt, with the latest being We Were Born In A Flame Deluxe Edition (2018). The band has won five MuchMusic Video Awards and has performed at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Ottawa Canada Day celebrations and NHL and CFL events.
This year’s line-up will also include Skye Wallace, a classically-trained singer with east coast roots who discovered punk rock in her youth. Hailing from Toronto, Skye’s music is inspired by every corner of Canada, and her newest album, Something Wicked, was listed as one of Vancouver Weekly’s Best Albums of 2016.
Also scheduled for the fest is Fred Penner, four-time Juno Award winner. The four-time recipient of the Parents’ Choice Award has shared his positive philosophy to make a difference through music, videos, books, speaking engagements and television, including 12 seasons of the hit CBC show Fred Penner’s Place.
Every year, local bands are invited to submit their music for the opportunity to perform on the Downtown Countdown stage. From over 30 submissions this year, Cousin Jack, an alternative rock trio from Barrie currently working on their debut EP, has been selected to perform.
This year’s free celebration outside City Hall in downtown Barrie also includes skating at the City Hall rink, horse-drawn wagon rides, roaming street performers, food vendors, fun family activities and two fireworks displays. The festivities get underway at 6 p.m. on Dec. 31. To stay up-to-date on event details, including transit and parking, visit www.barrie.ca/DowntownCountdown.

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Talk is Free Theatre takes The Curious Voyage to Toronto

Barrie’s Talk is Free Theatre is taking its production of The Curious Voyage to Toronto in the spring of 2020.
The planned trip “comes on the heels of a triumphant premiere in London, UK,” says the theatre. The Toronto experience will feature “two-day and one-day experience options created especially and uniquely for each individual patron, whereby who they are or what they each bring to the journey will influence” the artistic outcome.
“It happened! We nurtured a seed of an idea for The Curious Voyage, into the remarkable success and extraordinary reviews we’ve achieved in London. I’m thrilled we will be transferring the experience and redeveloping it specifically for Toronto,” says Arkady Spivak, TIFT’s artistic producer.
“Building on my concept, the successful site-specific practice of director Mitchell Cushman and the audience-specific work of creator and director Daniele Bartolini, along with some of the best and most reputed Canadian and British artists, we’ve created an immersive theatrical experience on a scale truly not seen before.”
The production allows each patron to be a “protagonist in the story they are watching, rather than fulfilling the traditional functions of passive observers. Each patron ventures on the journey through many selected sites, beginning in Barrie, starting on their own, only gradually becoming part of a group.
“They interact with strangers without knowing who is who – their fellow patron, an actor or a regular civilian totally unaware they are even part of this experiment. Eventually, patrons are led to a mystery site-specific location to watch a secret musical, complete with a stellar Canadian cast,” TIFT explains in a release.

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The archeological study at the Allandale Station lands that began in June is expected to continue through to next spring.
Barrie, the Huron-Wendat Nation, and the Williams Treaty First Nation communities are partnering in the archaeological assessment, being undertaken in accordance with provincial regulations, according to a City release.
“The City of Barrie is grateful for its partnership with the Huron-Wendat First Nation and Williams Treaty First Nation communities as it continues to follow the archaeological processes, applicable legislation and direction provided by (the province) to ensure protection of the archaeological potential of the site,” says Mayor Jeff Lehman.
The work is to better understand previous land use of this area over the last 700 or so years. The area exhibits a complex archaeological history and has been disturbed on more than one occasion, including the construction of several 19th century structures, the flood of 1896, and the construction of the Allandale Train Station buildings in 1905, states the release, which adds the project is taking longer than expected “due to the historical disturbance of the site over the many years.”
First Nation partners have been monitoring the work, participating in decision-making and providing guidance to ensure that the process is culturally respectful.
“To date, a large amount of archaeological material has been recovered and the apparent foundation of the 1863 train station has been exposed. Upon completion of the Stage 4 excavations, the determination of the affiliation of any remains recovered from the site will be made by the Archaeologist of Record in accordance with Provincial regulations. The Registrar of Burials will identify the next steps in any further processes,” states the release.

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A Barrie man is in hospital after being shot in the eye by what is believed to be a type of small calibre pellet gun, police report.
The man was walking along the sidewalk on the south side of Cundles Road West, east of Sunnidale Road, at about 9:35 p.m. Monday night when a small green-coloured car approached him. The vehicle slowed, activated its four-way flashers, and then stopped opposite the male, police report.
Thinking that the occupants of the vehicle required some type of assistance, the male turned his head and as he did so, he was shot in the right eye. The occupants of the vehicle then drove off eastbound on Cundles Road West towards the area of either Coulter or Bayfield streets, at which time the victim realized that he had been injured. After dialing 911, he was taken to a hospital where he is being treated for a potentially life-altering injury.
From the investigation which followed by members of the Barrie Police Investigative Services, it has been determined that the incident appears to be isolated in nature. Police are attempting to locate the vehicle wanted in regards to this incident, which is further described as being a light green-coloured two-door compact style passenger car that may be a Honda or Toyota.
At present, there are no descriptions available with regards to the suspects being sought and the investigation remains ongoing.
Anyone with information with regards to this assault is asked to contact Sergeant Dave Berriault of the Barrie Police Investigative Services at 705-725-7025, ext. 2518, by email at dberriault@barriepolice.ca, by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.

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“There is an extremely serious opioid crisis in Barrie and Simcoe County at this time and we, as a society, need to address it, and quickly.”



The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has been invited to make a presentation t0 Barrie city council on the Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy Action Plan. The invitation was sponsored by Ward 4 Coun. Barry Ward, a member of the unit’s board.
“I personally believe it is important that councillors be educated on the current crisis and what is being done about it. It is for that same reason that I invited, earlier this year, representatives of the Gilbert Centre and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) to make a presentation to council on the proposed Overdose Prevention Site (OPS).”
The opioid strategy involves a partnership formed to tackle what is being called a growing crisis of opioid use and overdose in the region. Highlights of the plan include an early warning system, harm reduction plans, medical and emergency response, and prevention and enforcement.
“The health unit’s opioid strategy makes it clear that addressing the crisis will take many different approaches, including an Overdose Prevention Site (or the current alternate Consumption and Treatment Services being proposed by the province).”
The Royal Victoria Health Centre released data in March about what it called an alarming jump in overdose-related incidents in Barrie. The centre said opioid overdose have increased five-fold over a five-year period, adding that between April 2017 and February 2018, it treated 330 overdoses.
The proposed OPS, a controversial option, is only one part of an overall strategy, says Ward, but an important one. Research he has done has led him to believe a site in Barrie will save lives, “which has to be our first priority.”
An application has been made by the Gilbert Centre and the CMHA for a OPS to be located in downtown Barrie.
“I think it is important to keep all stakeholders informed, which is why I asked the Gilbert Centre and CMHA to present to council. The views of the stakeholders should be taken into consideration but the need to address the opioid crisis is so great there can’t be a veto.”
Issues related to homelessness also need to be addressed in an overall strategy, including the arrival of people being released from the Central North Correctional Centre in Penetanguishene, he continues.
“The recent homeless enumeration indicated a substantial portion of Barrie’s homeless – although far from most – were recently released from prison. I think the Housing First strategy adopted by the county is the right approach, although I know finding that accommodation isn’t easy because of Barrie’s housing shortage.”
The problem, he adds, “won’t be solved overnight or even in a few months, but we have to work on it.”

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“There are serious social issues that have reached a crisis point this summer, that need both immediate and long-term solutions.”


Barrie’s general committee, on Monday, is to discuss inviting representatives of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit to attend a future City Council meeting to do a presentation on the Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy Action Plan.
In related news, a group of residents and owners of small businesses in downtown Barrie sent a letter to City Clerk Wendy Cooke, asking that it be shared with members of council via the circulation list.
“As residents and small business owners in downtown Barrie, we have experienced an extremely challenging summer with respect to community safety in the downtown core, especially in those neighbourhoods close to the downtown bus terminal,” reads the letter.
“Barrie police have demonstrated ongoing responsiveness to our requests for support and have been working diligently with the whole community to find solutions. However, this is far more than a law enforcement issue. There are serious social issues that have reached a crisis point this summer, that need both immediate and long-term solutions.”
The letter says that in “March of 2018, our provincial legislature passed the new Safer Ontario Act, which repealed and replaced Ontario’s Police Services Act from 1990. The new legislation:
• Mandates municipalities to work with police services and local service providers in health care, social services and education to develop community safety and well-being plans that proactively address locally identified community risks, and
• Mandates municipal police service boards to participate in the planning led by municipalities, and to consider the community safety and well-being plan when developing their strategic plans. Building Stronger and Safer Communities.
“Considering that two of the goals specified in the 2014 -2018 Council Strategic Plan are to “Eliminate obstacles to business growth and investment” and to “Support diverse and safe neighbourhoods,” we are asking the Mayor and Council, with respect to the downtown core west of Bayfield Street, specifically, the following questions:
• What actions have already been taken by the municipality to comply with the Safer Ontario Act, 2018, S.O. 2018, c.3 – Bill 175, Specifically, PART XIII – COMMUNITY SAFETY AND WELL-BEING PLANS, Section 195 (1) to Section 204 (10)?
• How has the city engaged with the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services’ Community Safety and Well-Being Planning Framework?
• How does the city utilize the Toolkit for Community Safety and Well-being Planning, which has been provided for municipalities by the Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services, as a resource for planning work with community partners in implementing sustainable, long-term strategies that support the kinds of goals in the 2014 -2018 Council Strategic Plan?
• What community supports does the municipality currently have in place, specifically focused on prevention of recidivism and supporting community reintegration, among the discharged inmates who are transported, on an ongoing basis, directly from the Central North Correctional Centre to the downtown Barrie Bus terminal (numbering 380 between January 1, 2018 and August 24, 2018*)?
• What processes does the city have in place to collaborate with the Central North Correctional Centre in providing effective community reintegration supports and recidivism prevention supports to the discharged inmates mentioned in item 4)?
“We appreciate the time and efforts of the Mayor and Members of Council in this matter and thank them in advance for their response to our questions.”

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With winter settling in, motorists in Barrie need to be aware of parking restrictions in force because of snow removal.
The City says that with the weather forecast showing Barrie will receive another 10 cm of snow overnight, the Winter Maintenance Event is being continued. This means that on-street parking is prohibited overnight, Nov. 16, 3–6 a.m. within the Downtown Business Improvement Area, and on other city streets 12:01–7 a.m.
As per the Overnight Parking By-law, on-street parking is not permitted 3–6 a.m. within the Downtown Business Improvement Area, and on other city streets 12:01–7 a.m., Dec. 1 through March 31. This ensures the City can completely clear streets of snow and that large emergency vehicles can get down the street.
Outside of the Dec. 1 through March 31 time period, Winter Maintenance Events can be declared when streets require snow plowing, sanding, salting, direct liquid application, snow removal or other winter maintenance operations.
For more information on the City’s winter maintenance operations, visit www.barrie.ca/snow.

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The City of Barrie is declaring a Winter Maintenance Event to allow crews to effectively clear the streets tonight.
This means that on-street parking is prohibited overnight: Nov. 15, 3–6 a.m. within the Downtown Business Improvement Area, and on other City streets 12:01–7 a.m. The parking restriction is required due to the 10–20 cm of snow that fell on Barrie last night.
As per the overnight parking bylaw, on-street parking is not permitted 3–6 a.m. within the Downtown Business Improvement Area, and on other City streets 12:01–7 a.m., Dec. 1 through March 31. This ensures the City can completely clear streets of snow and that large emergency vehicles can get down the street. Outside of the Dec. 1 through March 31 time period, Winter Maintenance Events can be declared when streets require snow plowing, sanding, salting, direct liquid application, snow removal or other winter maintenance operations.
For more information on the City’s Winter Maintenance Operations, visit www.barrie.ca/snow.

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The Barrie YMCA, through correspondence to members from the vice president of YMCA of Simcoe/Muskoka, has confirmed the site of its planned new centre in downtown Barrie.
The YMCA has “signed a memo of understanding to purchase land at the corner of Bradford and Dunlop Streets: this will be the home of your new Barrie Y,” writes Karen Pulla.
“In the coming year we will be reaching out to our Barrie Y members for input into design and program functions of this new facility. A capital campaign will also launch in the new year; our fundraising efforts along with the sale of our Grove Street property will fund the construction of the new facility.
“Please note that the agreement with our development partners on the Grove Street site will allow us to continue to operate our current facility up until the time we can move into our new home in 2021.”

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Suspects in the theft of property valued at $25,000 are being sought by Barrie police, who are seeking the public’s assistance in the task.
On Tuesday, Oct. 30 shortly after 8:30 a.m., police attended to the rear of a Hooper Road business where a trailer and construction equipment was located by employees arriving for work. From the investigation that followed, police were able to determine that a flatbed type trailer had been stolen from a business located on Saunders Road at approximately 6 a.m. earlier that day.
The suspects, police report, then attended a nearby business where a Bobcat Toolcat 5600 and John Deere Bucket Worksite Pro C72 were stolen. It would appear that an attempt was made to load the Bobcat and the bucket onto the trailer, but when this could not be carried out, the suspects not only abandoned their attempt, but the construction equipment and the trailer.
From surveillance video that was obtained at the scene of the theft of the trailer, police have determined that there were three persons involved and that they utilized a 2018 Ford F-150 Supercrew Cab pick-up truck to orchestrate these thefts. At present, police are attempting to identify the suspects involved and the only descriptions available are of the two suspects who exited the pick-up and hooked up the trailer.
These persons are described as male white, medium build, wearing hooded sweatshirts. Forensic evidence has also been seized that police hope may assist in identifying the persons responsible for this occurrence. All the stolen property has since been returned to the rightful owners. Anyone with information on this theft is asked to contact Constable McGaffey of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025, ext. 2708 or by email at wmcgaffey@barriepolice.ca . You can also contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.

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Barrie police investigators are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect who overstayed his welcome at a local Walmart.
On Saturday, Sept. 8, a suspect entered the Walmart store located on Mapleview Drive, before the store closed for the night. The suspect concealed himself behind merchandise on a shelf in the housewares department, where he appears to have slept for several hours, police report.
At about 1 a.m. on Sept. 9, the suspect emerged, and proceeded to select merchandise from various departments, removing them from the store. Total value of the items stolen is about $4,500.
The suspect is described as a tall, thin, white male. He entered the store wearing a green and yellow hat, a grey t-shirt with peach long sleeves, a black sweater over his shoulders and black and white shoes. He emerged from the shelving wearing the black sweater with a large white logo on the front, with the hood pulled up.
Investigating officers are asking anyone who may have information to please contact Constable T. Howlett of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext. 2638 or thowlett@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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