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

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

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

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

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

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Police investigate Halloween treat with needle inserted

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

The Barrie Police Service is currently investigating an incident where a two-inch sewing needle was located in a Halloween treat.
Late yesterday afternoon, police were contacted by a concerned homeowner after her child bit into a chocolate bar that contained the needle. The child was not injured, but the potential for injury was certainly a possibility.
From the investigation that followed, police have learned that the child attended homes in the Raymond Crescent and Serena Lane area, and also on Danielle Crescent and Catherine Drive in Barrie. An examination of the packaging could not determine if the needle was inserted prior to packaging or afterwards. The chocolate bar has been seized by police and the investigation remains ongoing.
Although there are no known suspects at this time, police are urging parents that have children who may have attended homes on the identified streets to please have a second look at their child’s candy and make certain that they have not been tampered with and are safe to consume.
Anyone with information on this mischief is asked to contact Constable Claridge of the Barrie Police Service at eclaridge@barriepolice.ca, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.

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The MacLaren Art Centre’s 2019-2023 strategic direction, mission, and vision – tagged Enhanced Engagement – get laid out for city council tonight during a presentation from the centre’s representatives.
The plan, and a supplementary presentation called Start Thinking Art, calls for a focus on enhancing ways of “sharing our stories,” building the centre’s “curatorial focus,” and enhancingour engagement with new and diverse communities.”
Museums, says Carolyn Bell Farrell, the centre’s executive director, reflect the communities they serve, and also “have the capacity to create community through building a sense of ownership; reflecting local issues and histories; offering relevant, living formats and open representations; and emphasizing visitor experience.”
Its enhancement strategy involves:
1) Enhance ways to share our stories:
• Build enhanced relationships and communication with our audiences
• Provide greater physical and intellectual access to the artwork on view by offering audiences a wide range of innovative entryways
• Ensure that the MacLaren is a partner in community planning processes.
2) Enhance our curatorial focus:
• Build the exhibition and collection programmes on the theme of “reading through place”
• Co-create new narratives about this region with our cultural partners
• Explore narratives that represent diverse voices.
3) Enhance our engagement with new and diverse communities
• Expand partnerships and enhance outreach to engage new and diverse communities in Barrie and the surrounding area
• Develop interested, engaged and return users from diverse community groups and help them feel comfortable at the gallery
• Enhance the diversity of our board, staff, volunteers and artist instructors.
The centre conducted five strategic planning sessions in June involving staff, artists, service volunteers, and community stakeholders. An online survey was organized and emailed to the centre’s 2,700 subscribers, with 171 respondents.
“During these community consultations, we reviewed our mission; our strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and challenges; the changing demographics of our community; our current and potential audiences; and ways to measure and evaluate our progress,” says the centre.
Some key facts about the MacLaren Art Centre:
• The centre engaged more than 57,000 people in 2018 through activities at the gallery, in the schools and in the community
• It offers exhibitions, workshops and special events that “nurture artistic talent, inspire creativity and stimulate intellectual curiosity” throughout the year, delivering more than 650 arts education activities for audiences of all ages, interests and abilities
• The centre’s 30 exhibitions include two touring shows, four virtual shows, and 12 community shows
• Its staff includes 13 full-time and 11 part-time/contract employees, and 33 artists
• It is a registered charity, incorporated in 1986 independently from the City
• It has an annual operating budget of $1.85 million. The centre says it receives “cultural grants from all three levels of government comprising 20% of our total budget, including a grant of $137,000 from the City of Barrie plus facility maintenance”
• The rest of the budget comes from earned income, and the support of individuals, local businesses and community organizations.
MacLaren, as a public art gallery, strives to bring people to art and art to people in ways that are engaging, enriching and enjoyable, says Bell Farrell.
“Our hope is that this new strategic plan will help us to identify, prioritize and design contemporary visual arts experiences that are meaningful, representative and inclusive for new Canadians and culturally diverse audiences and that foster a sense of belonging. We are excited about what our future holds and deeply grateful to all those who helped to shape this vision.”

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

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

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

The Barrie Police Service is looking to identify a person of interest in relation to a serious incident which occurred at the Winners store located at 411 Bayfield Street in Barrie.
On Wednesday, Oct. 30, a male who had previously been seen attempting to steal from the location, was observed in the store again. Police responded and located the male and informed him that he was under arrest. 
The male attempted to escape the grip of the officer and ran towards the door. The officer gave chase and a struggle with the male ensued. As the officer tried to gain physical control of the male, the male resisted, and assaulted the officer, grabbing the officer’s gun in an attempt to disarm him.  
The officer protected his weapon while being assaulted. The male then fled to an awaiting vehicle and left the scene. The officer was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released. The vehicle was located discarded in the north area of Barrie. 
A warrant has been issued for a 29-year-old Barrie man on the following charges:
• Attempt Theft Under $5000
• Assault to Resist Arrest
• Attempt to Disarm a Police Officer
• Escape Lawful Custody.
The woman pictured is a person of interest, and police would like to speak with her regarding this occurrence.
 Anyone with information is asked to contact Sergeant Moore of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext. 2765 or dmoore@barriepolice.ca. Any information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.

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Police seek witnesses in fail-to-remain fatality

The Barrie Police Service is investigating a fail-to-remain incident that resulted in a victim who had been struck by a vehicle succumbing to his injuries.
At approximately 2:45 a.m. this morning (Friday, Nov. 1) police received a call regarding an injured male in the intersection of Wellington and Toronto streets. Upon arrival of police, it was determined the victim had been struck by a vehicle that had failed to remain on scene. The victim, a 33-year-old Barrie man, was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The investigation is ongoing.
The involved vehicle is believed to be a navy blue compact or mid-sized SUV/crossover or mini-van type vehicle, which would have significant damage to the front end.
Police also believe there may have been witnesses in the area at the time of the collision. Police are asking anyone who may have additional information or information which could assist in identifying the vehicle or the driver involved, to contact Constable Langdon of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext. 2912 or dlangdon@barriepolice.ca.
To remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.

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Guess what week it is from now until Nov. 7. If you came upon with Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, pick a prize from the jar.
The Barrie Fire and Emergency Service (BFES) reminds residents to prevent carbon monoxide (CO) at home by getting all fuel-burning appliances inspected annually and ensuring there are working CO alarms outside of all sleeping areas.
“In Ontario, more than 65 per cent of injuries and deaths from CO occur in the home,” said Assistant Deputy Fire Chief Carrie Clark. “There is an increased risk of CO poisoning during the colder seasons when we spend more time indoors and increase our use of gas heaters, fireplaces, and other devices to beat the cold. Stay safe this season and make sure you get all fuel-burning appliances inspected by a registered contractor.”
During Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, BFES is giving away free CO alarms to everyone who provides proof of having their furnace and fireplace professionally cleaned this year. Residents can visit Fire Station 1, 155 Dunlop Street West, or tag BFES on Facebook (@BarrieFireService) or Twitter (@Barrie_Fire) to show their proof and claim their alarm. 
The Ontario Fire Code requires all homes in Ontario with fuel-burning appliances, a fireplace or an attached garage to have working CO alarms outside of each sleeping area. Fuel-burning appliances can include furnaces, hot water heaters, gas or wood fireplaces, portable fuel-burning heaters and generators, barbeques or stoves.
Condos and apartment buildings with a service room, are required to have CO alarms installed in the service room and adjacent to each sleeping area of all homes above, below and beside the service room. In condo or apartment buildings that have a garage, CO alarms must be installed adjacent to each sleeping area of all homes above, below and beside the garage.
BFES has partnered with Lowe’s and Home Depot to host two safety events during the week. On Saturday, Nov. 2, join firefighters from 12 to 4 p.m. at Lowe’s (71 Bryne Drive). There will be giveaways, a fire truck demonstration and information about smoke, carbon monoxide alarms and home escape planning.
On Wednesday, Nov. 6 from 1 to 2 p.m., BFES is hosting a free workshop at Home Depot (10 Barrieview Drive). The workshop will cover everything residents need to know to stay safe from the silent killer. Residents are encouraged to sign up for the workshop at the Home Depot Customer Service Desk.
Visit the CO Awareness Week page via www.barrie.ca/FireAwarenessEvents for more information.

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