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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The report also reveals the busiest day for 911 calls. It’s Sunday, with the busiest month being July.

Barrie has a high rate of opioid related overdose deaths compared to other parts of Ontario, according to the Barrie Police Service’s 2017 annual report.
“The law enforcement community is no stranger to the opioid problem as heroin, OxyContin, and other opioid based drugs have been around for decades. The appetite for pharmaceuticals in Canada has grown exponentially, with Canada ranking as the second largest per capita consumer of pharmaceuticalopioids (after the United States),” states the report.
“Simcoe Muskoka, and in particular Barrie, have a high rate of opioid related overdoses and overdose deaths as compared to other parts of (Ontario). As a result, the Barrie Police Service has been an active member in both the Barrie Drug Awareness Partnership (BDAP) and the Simcoe Muskoka Opioid Strategy (SMOS) in an effort to continue community collaboration to address the Opioid Crisis. We also sit as an advisor on the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit – Harm Reduction Advisory,” states the report.
According to the report, police dealt with 59 submissions suspected to be fentanyl. Of those, 41 samples were sent to Health Canada for analysis with 19 per cent found to contain fentanyl. Last year police seized property valued at $138,863 and $1,108,295 in drugs. Police dealt with 3,323 property crimes, three homicides, 1,312 violent crimes, 3,833 motor vehicle collision reports, but no traffic fatalities, and 10,424 police criminal record checks.
Over the course of the year, 69 RIDE programs were conducted, involving 247 officers and 13,584 stopped vehicles. Five motorists were charged with impaired driving by alcohol, and five with impaired driving by drug. The police service received 63,713 calls for service, including 14,172 criminal calls.
The report also reveals the busiest day for 911 calls. It’s Sunday, with the busiest month being July.
Under the heading ‘Most Serious Offence Description,’ break and enters come in at 442, theft over $5,000 stands at 71, theft under $5,000 at 1,630, possession of stolen property at 251, fraud at 498 and arson (disregard for human life) at 10. Police responded to 667 overall assaults, 105 of which were sexual assaults.
Total net expenditures for 2017 came in at 54,553,632, of which 52,864,308 was related to salaries, benefits and operating expenditures.
Construction of the Barrie Simcoe Emergency Services Campus began in late 2017, with completion anticipated in the spring of 2020. When built, the campus at 110 Fairview Road, will accommodate the police service, the Barrie Fire and Emergency Services Communication Centre, and will be a logistics hub for the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services.
“The realization of a new centralized police facility will create efficiencies, which will ensure the Barrie Police Service can accomplish our core functions in carrying out our mission to provide professional, accountable and sustainable police services. The campus approach also allows all three services to work in unison to provide programming and services to our community with efficiency while being economically responsible.”
To read the full report, click here.

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Crime Prevention Week is running from Nov. 4th through to the 10th and the Barrie Police Service is supporting the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police’s (OACP) 2018 Crime Prevention campaign encouraging the public to ‘Know Your Source.’
When making online or mail order purchases or purchasing products from private individuals, it is important for everyone to be aware and cautious of sophisticated fraud and cybercrime-related crimes that are becoming more complex and attracting more victims. The campaign also highlights the need for knowing your source when it comes to the purchase of cannabis and cannabis related products. The only legal source in Ontario remains the Ontario Cannabis Store.
“With the increasing popularity of online shopping, the prevalence of frauds and scams that prey on vulnerable individuals, and the legalization of cannabis, we all have to be vigilant. This year’s OACP Province-wide campaign asks each of us to be informed and careful about the sources of the products and services we purchase,” says Constable Julie Reynolds of the Barrie Police Crime Prevention Unit.
“The single most cost-effective way of bringing about community safety and well-being is preventing crime before it happens and that starts with each of us as individuals doing our part.”

Crime Prevention Week events include:

Tuesday, Nov. 6:
• Lock It Or Lose It, Georgian Mall, 10:00 a.m. to noon.
• Seniors Abuse Presentation, to be conducted in collaboration with the Prevention of Seniors Abuse Network. Barrington Retirement Residence from 2-4 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 7:
Crime Prevention Community Booth showcasing community engagement programs: COPS, Neighbourhood Watch, Citizen Police Academy – Georgian Mall, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 8:
Know Your Neighbours: Canvass high crime areas, to open dialogue with citizens about community participation in crime prevention initiatives – various locations from 1-3 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 9:
‘Know Your Source’ – marijuana legalization information booth at Georgian College, Outside The Last Class pub, from, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Crime prevention is a shared responsibility that requires the police and the community working in conjunction with one another in order to reduce opportunities that support any form of criminal activity.  Additional resources are also available at www.oacp.on.ca.

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Police are asking the public’s assistance in finding a male who allegedly assaulted a female at a downtown restaurant on Friday.
The suspect spoke briefly with the victim outside and at approximately 9:30 p.m. he entered the restaurant, assaulted the victim who was on the dance floor, and left, police report. He was seen driving away in a white four-door sedan-type vehicle, and is described as a white male, about 6 feet tall, medium build, with short light hair and wearing a light coloured jacket or fleece, dark jean-like pants and work boots.
Investigating officers are asking anyone who may have information to please contact Constable M. Beard of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext. 2582 or mbeard@barriepolice.ca. Any information can also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or through an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.

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This Remembrance Day marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War One and Barrie’s Royal Canadian Legion branch joins the City and communities across Canada in commemorating this special occasion.
“The accomplishments of Canadian soldiers who fought in WWI solidified Canada’s reputation for defending peace and freedom around the world, which continues to this day,” says Mayor Jeff Lehman. “These achievements came at a high price and as we join together to mark the 100th anniversary of the WWI armistice, we remember the great sacrifices of the men and women who served and continue to serve to protect the values of freedom and democracy.”
Events planned for Barrie include:

Remembrance Day Vigil | Memorial Square
From 7 p.m. on November 10 to 7 a.m. on November 11, five cadets in rotating shifts will stand vigil at the Cenotaph in Memorial Square.

Remembrance Day Parade & Ceremony | Sunday, November 11, 10 a.m. | Parade: Dunlop/Mulcaster to Five Points | Ceremony: Memorial Square
The annual parade will start along Dunlop Street at Mulcaster and march to the Five Points intersection halting in front of the Cenotaph in Memorial Square for the ceremony. Two minutes of silence will be observed at 11 a.m. followed by the ceremony and laying of wreaths.

WE MUST HAVE MORE MEN! Barrie and the Great War, presented by Theatre By The Bay – Sunday, November 11, 12 p.m. approximately | Meridian Place
A special performance of Theatre By The Bay’s play WE MUST HAVE MORE MEN! Barrie and the Great War will take place in Meridian Place immediately after the Remembrance Day Ceremony. The play brings to life the personal accounts of the soldiers from Barrie and Simcoe County who fought in the trenches, at sea, and in the air in the Great War, as well as the wives and children who kept the home fires burning.

WWI Armistice Ceremony | Sunday, November 11, 4:30 p.m. | Military Heritage Park
Members of the military, cadets and family members will gather to honour those from Barrie & Simcoe County who served in WWI. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Bells of Peace – Local churches will ring their bells 100 times at “the going down of the sun” (4:56 p.m.), to emulate the moment in 1918 when church bells across Europe tolled as four years of war had come to an end.

The Legion will also line the entrances to all three of Barrie’s cemeteries (Barrie Union, St. Mary’s Catholic and St. Paul’s Anglican) with 100 Canadian flags to commemorate our fallen.

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TIFT takes Barrie theatre goers on a Curious Voyage

The Curious Voyage, billed as a three-day “immersive theatrical experience, spanning two continents,” is Talk is Free Theatre’s (TIFT) newest offering.
“This innovative project premiering a new performance genre called Audience Specific Theatre has garnered the … attention of London’s media outlets, including Times Out London and Stage, and a full front page in The Toronto Star entertainment section,” TIFT says in a release.
“Always pushing the boundaries with our theatre productions, The Curious Voyage immerses and envelopes you in the narrative, as you become the protagonist in your own story. It’s a most intimate global production, one that allows you to imagine the possibilities when you are open to allowing creativity back into your life.
The work is “built on the successful site-specific practice of director Mitchell Cushman and the Audience Specific work of director Daniele Bartolini. Both artists have come together to collaborate on this ambitious project. In this innovative, bold project spanning two continents, we blur the roles between audience and actors, observers and participants.
“Leveraging immersive theatre approaches and building on the narratives of the participants – be they patrons or actors – patrons will break out of traditional moulds and constraints to experience personal growth, reflection, even detox through theatre – so to speak. Central to The Curious Voyage’s immersive exploration is the idea of being a stranger to yourself and turning into someone completely different to whom you think you are.”
Limited tickets to the Barrie only component are still available on Nov. 1, 4, 6 or 8 only at www.tift.ca or by calling (705) 792-1949.

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New record check act limits access to youth records

The Barrie Police Service has released information on the Police Record Check Reform Act (PRCRA), passed Dec. 1, 2015, and enacted today (Nov. 1).
The PRCRA ensures a clear, consistent and comprehensive set of standards to govern how police record checks (PRC) are conducted and disclosed in Ontario, police report. The Act will apply to all record check providers in Ontario, when conducting record checks that are requested from them (i.e., for employment, volunteering, licensing and other purposes). It will standardize the three types of record checks that can be conducted and will limit and standardize the types of information authorized to be disclosed in each type of police record check.
The Act will require that an individual receive their record check before being asked to consent to disclosure to a third party, such as an employer. One of the most significant changes is that non-governmental agencies will no longer be authorized to receive results from youth records. As such, Barrie Police Service will no longer be providing criminal record checks to anyone under the age of 18, unless it is for the purposes of employment or volunteering with a government agency.
The Act authorizes police services to conduct three types of police record checks:

  • Criminal Records Check (CRC)
  • Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check (CRJMC)
  • Vulnerable Sector Check (VSC).

Further information including applicant and agency fact sheets can be found on the Barrie Police Service website. Information specific to this new legislation can be found on the Ontario Ministry of Community safety & Correctional Services website.

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Barrie police seek the public’s help in locating 23-year-old Jocelyn Elliot, reported missing on Monday, Oct. 15.

UPDATE:


The Barrie Police Service would like to thank the public and local media for their assistance in locating a missing 24-year-old woman from the Barrie. On Friday, Oct. 5, Jocelyn Elliot was reported missing by her family. She has been located in good health, report police.


Barrie police seek the public’s help in locating 23-year-old Jocelyn Elliot, reported missing on Monday, Oct. 15.
Police and family members are concerned for her wellbeing, as her family has not heard from her since Friday, Oct. 5, police report.
She is described as: female, Indigenous, 5’7” and 130 lbs with a medium build, long and straight brown hair, with tattoos on her right shoulder (rose), right chest (footprints with name Kai), left hand (two symbols on left middle finger).
Anyone with information is asked to call Barrie Police Investigative Services at 705-725-7025 ext. 2129, or to remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online atwww.p3tips.com.

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Following an investigation through October, Barrie police have arrested and charged a number of people in drug related activity.
The investigation concluded Thursday with the execution of a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant at a Barrie residence. Shortly after 2 p.m., the Barrie Police Street Drug Unit, who were assisted by the Tactical Support Unit, attended the residence which resulted in the initial arrest of 11 people and the seizure of a quantity of drugs, police report.
As the ongoing investigation continued, a second Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant was executed at another city location during the overnight hours and as a result, four people, including a young person, have been charged with 20 drug related charges. All four have been released from custody and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice located in Barrie in December.
Police have seized a quantity of suspected cocaine, currency and also a purplish coloured substance which is believed to be purple heroin.
Barrie Police Chief Kimberley Greenwood states “the great work that our service does to rid our streets of the dangerous drugs that plague many communities in Ontario is continuing and it is this work that exemplifies our commitment to the community. I applaud the dedication of all our officers and their efforts that continue make Barrie a safe community.”

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As United Way Simcoe Muskoka gears up to celebrate 60 years of community-building across this region, a new digital strategy has been launched to encourage a collective action against local poverty – which CEO Dale Biddell wants to make this an issue that can’t be ignored.

The United Way Simcoe Muskoka (UWSM) is deploying online tools to assist donors understand how their financial support is used to make a difference in communities.
To that end the agency has a new Twitter hashtag, #LocalLove, to identify the ongoing community contributions donations allow, and has added new functions and features to its website.
“The world has changed significantly since we were established in 1959, and we have evolved right along with it,” says UWSM CEO Dale Biddell. “But the speed of change has never been quicker than in the last decade. Our new website features a news feed, map, blogs, videos, newsletters and links to our very active social media channels.
“Our aim is for increased transparency in our operations, and increased interaction with the communities we serve across Simcoe County, Muskoka and the Town of Blue Mountains.”
Next year will be the agency’s 60th anniversary, and while the methods of communicating message has and is changing, its commitment to “tackle the most formidable social challenges faced by local communities” hasn’t altered.
“We are constantly in touch with our community partners and with the latest research to ensure we’re making data-driven funding decisions that have the greatest possible outcome. Our grants complement and enhance the work being done by government and other agencies in our area by addressing critical gaps in funding and services,” continues Biddell.
This year, UWSM is funding 30 programs across the region, with a primary focus on early interventions for at-risk children, youth and transition-aged young adults to help set them up for success as adults. Biddell says such poverty-reduction strategies can change the trajectory of individuals, families and entire communities – and everyone has a stake in its success.
“When we work together, the results are game-changing,” she adds. “Poverty erodes potential, but #LocalLove can beat poverty and make life in our communities better for everyone.”

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An operation by a number of police forces across the province resulted in seven people being secured from exploitive situations, including two under 18.
The investigation, Operation Northern Spotlight, was part of a coordinated, national effort to end human trafficking. Over a seven-day period, police services across Ontario participated in the operation, laying 45 charges against 15 people. A total of 317 police officers, support staff and victim services professionals engaged with 218 potential victims, as part of a joint effort coordinated by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). This was part of a national operation in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
Of the seven victims identified two were recovered by Peel Regional Police Service, one was recovered by Waterloo Regional Police Service, three were recovered by Ottawa Police Service, one was recovered by Niagara Regional Police Service.
“Human trafficking is a deplorable crime that threatens the safety, livelihood and dignity of those who are being exploited and abused. This is a complex issue that affects some of the most vulnerable people in our society and does not recognize jurisdictional boundaries. It is our duty to recognize and protect these people from exploitation and it is imperative that we have a concentrated effort amongst all our partners to be effective,” Rick Barnum, Deputy Commissioner, OPPP Investigations and Organized Crime, is quoted saying.
During Operation Northern Spotlight, police met with individuals suspected of being in exploitative situations. They are provided contacts and information for community-based support agencies and are offered both immediate and future police assistance to leave the exploitation. The program is not intended to engage those who are not being exploited.
Charges include: Obtaining Sexual Services for Consideration, Failure to Comply with Condition of Undertaking or Recognizance, Forcible Confinement, Trafficking in Persons, Material Benefit – Trafficking, Material Benefit from Sexual Services, Procuring, Assault with a Weapon, Aggravated Assault, Assault Causing Bodily Harm, Assault, Pointing a Firearm, Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose, Criminal Harassment, Uttering Threats, Failing to report contrary to Christopher’s Law (Sex offender Registry), Fail to Comply with SOIRA Order, Identity Fraud, Obstruct a Public Officer or Peace Officer, Possession of Property Obtained by Crime, Youth Criminal Justice Act: 137 – Fail to Comply with Sentence or Disposition.
The Barrie Police Service was among the operation’s participants.
“More than 300 police officers, support staff and victim services professionals participated in Operation Northern Spotlight across Ontario. These operations provided outreach to many people, and resulted in the identification of seven victims. As part of Ontario’s Strategy to End Human Trafficking, we will continue to investigate this serious crime to help free victims from a cycle of violence and abuse,” Detective Staff Sergeant Coyer Yateman, Anti-Human Trafficking Investigation Coordination Team, Ontario Provincial Police, is quoted saying.

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Barrie police are warning of a grandparent scam that netted an elderly Barrie resident, “leaving her feeling vulnerable, embarrassed and out over $2,500.”
On Wednesday, Oct. 17 the 96-year-old senior received a phone call from an unknown individual, relaying some bad news. The caller advised the victim’s grandson was involved in a vehicle collision out of province and he required money immediately. At one point during the conversation a second male came on the line, claiming to be her grandson and begging for help, pleading with her not to tell any other family members about his dire situation, police report.
The victim agreed to send $2,500 and she was advised the caller had arranged for a delivery service to attend later that afternoon to collect the funds. Shortly after 1 p.m. a delivery driver attended the victim’s apartment complex to collect the package. The money was exchanged and the victim was led to believe it was on its way to her grandson, police report.
“Often times these scams happen and are not reported to police for various reasons however investigators are encouraging anyone that falls victim, whether the loss is a small denomination or large, to file a report immediately. Police are also urging anyone who receives a phone call from someone claiming to be their grandchild, a loved one, or someone representing a family member, to take a moment” and follow these tips to ensure the call is legitimate:
• Take Time to verify the story. Scammers are counting on you wanting to quickly help your loved one in an emergency
• Call the child’s parents or friends or other family members to find out about their whereabouts
• Ask Questions to the person on the phone that only your loved one would be able to answer and verify their identity before taking steps to help
• Never Send Money to anyone you don’t know and trust
• Never Give Out Personal Information to the caller and be cautious of them asking questions which may reveal information they can use to scam you further.

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(Editor’s note: The following is a media release from the South Simcoe Police Service on a joint RIDE drive to coincide with legal cannabis in Canada)

On Wednesday, October 17, 2018, members of the Simcoe County Policing Authorities combined forces to launch a four-day RIDE Initiative to coincide with the legalization of cannabis in Canada. The collaborative campaign involved officers from South Simcoe Police Service, Barrie Police Service, the Ontario Provincial Police, Rama Police and Canadian Forces Base Borden.
Over four nights, officers set up RIDE checks in a variety of locations including Bradford, Innisfil, Barrie, Alliston, Collingwood and Orillia.

Here is a round up of preliminary results.

Day #1 of the RIDE Initiative on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 produced the following results:

                 1. 1-3 Day suspension

                2. 2 Standardized Field Sobriety Testing

                3. 1 Drug Recognition Expert examination – failed. Charged Criminally Impaired by Drug/Cannabis

                4. 1 impaired by alcohol arrest, 130/120. Charged Over .80 MGS alcohol

               5. 1 drive under suspension

                6. 1 charge under Cannabis Act – Cannabis readily accessible to the driver

                  7. 1 Highway Traffic Act – other

On Day #2 of the campaign on Thursday, October 18, 2018 , RIDE units set up in the Orillia area and achieved results including the following:

1. 8 Approved Screening Device tests

2. 3 Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

3. 1 arrest for over .80 – post- test – yielded 3 day suspension

4. 2 other three day suspensions

5. 7 Provincial Offences Notices

6. 1 Commercial Motor Vehicle removed from the roadway

7. Quantity cannabis resin seized for destruction

8. Quantity of cannabis ‘bud’ seized for further investigation. Preliminary charge – Accessible to driver under Cannabis Act

The focus of Day #3 of the initiative on Friday, October 19, 2018 included Collingwood, Stayner, Angus, C.F.B. Borden & Barrie areas and yielded a significant amount of vehicular spot checks.

The results include the following:

1. 7 Approved Screening Device tests

2. 4 – 3 day suspensions

3. 2 Cannabis within reach offences

4. 1 impaired by drug C.C. charge

5. 1 impaired by alcohol charge

6. 1 Over .80 charge

7. 4 Standardized Field Sobriety Testing investigations

8. 1 Drug Recognition Expert investigation

9. 4 cannabis compliance inspections – MV.

10. 1 Stunt Driving charge.

11. 1 Obstruct charge – C.C.

12. 1 – Provincial Offences Act stop with 3 POA offences, Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act -Highway Traffic Act

13. 3 – other Highway Traffic Act Offences

14. 2 Motor Vehicles towed

The focus of Day #4 of the initiative on Saturday, October 20, 2018 included Highway 89/Highway 400, Yonge Street Alliston, Loretto, Tottenham, C.F.B. Borden, Dunlop Street, Mapleview, County Road 27 north of Highway 9, High Street, Bayfield Street.

The efforts yielded the following results:

1. 9 Cannabis Act charges – Readily Accessible to Driver

2. 1 Controlled Drug Substance Act charge – possession of cocaine.

3. 10 Approved Screening Device tests

4. 4 Liquor Licence Act offences

5. 3 Standardized Field Sobriety Tests

6. 1 public intoxication

7. 4 Seatbelt offences

8. 9 Highway Traffic Act – other

9. 1 impaired by alcohol arrest

10. 2 Over .80

Police say they will release the final results when they become available. The formal collaborative RIDE blitz has wrapped up but police services will continue working together to keep our roads safe and free of impaired drivers and anyone else who poses a danger. Impaired driving is a crime in progress. Safely call 911 if you spot a suspected impaired driver.

 

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Barrie police are cautioning the public about what they describe as a dangerous strain of suspected heroin and/or cocaine, which has surfaced within the community.
The substance is believed to have a purple colouring and is suspected to have been consumed in a recent sudden death and overdoes, police report. At this time the investigation is ongoing and further toxicology testing is being conducted to determine the exact composition of the substance involved.
Police want to remind those who use illicit drugs to be vigilant to the reality that various drugs can be mixed with other illicit drugs, and very small amounts can be fatal. For additional information on drug awareness and education please contact the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit at (705)721-7520, or online at www.simcoemuskokahealth.org.

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Voting day in Barrie is tomorrow (Monday), and residents have a number of locations open for casting a ballot.
So far in Barrie, about 7,100 residents have voted in advance polls (roughly eight per cent voter turnout). Just over 735 of those residents voted on the new popular vote bus which stopped at 15 locations over five days.
Residents are encouraged to check if they’re on the Voters’ List before heading to the polls by:
• Going to barrie.ca/VoterLookup
• Calling 705-728-VOTE (8683) from Monday to Friday, 8:30 – 4:30 p.m.
• Visiting 1st floor City Hall (70 Collier Street) Monday to Friday, 8:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Additions or changes to the Voters’ List are permitted up to and including final voting day.
All votes are counted electronically on Oct. 22. Unofficial result will be posted on the City’s social media channels (@cityofbarrie on Facebook and Twitter) and www.barrie.ca/ElectionResults as they are received.
Official results will be available later in the week. The council chamber will be open on the evening of Oct. 22 for anyone who wishes to gather to see results reported on the overhead screen. For complete details on the 2018 Municipal Election, visit barrie.ca/election.

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Arrest made in reported stabbing in parking lot of mall

An arrest was made in connection with a reported stabbing on Monday at the Georgian Mall.
On that day around 4 p.m., officers responded to a report of a stabbing at the mall. Upon arrival, police report, on the east side, upper parking lot area of the mall, they were able to determine that an altercation had taken place between two males which resulted in one male sustaining non life-threatening injuries. The injured victim, a 17-year-old male from Barrie, was transported to a local hospital prior to police arrival.
The ongoing investigation, which was conducted by the Barrie Police Investigative Services, who were assisted at the scene by the Forensic Identification Unit, resulted in an arrest shortly after the incident had taken place.
The accused, a 20-year-old male from Barrie, has been charged with: Robbery, Aggravated Assault, Assault with a Weapon and Fail to Comply with Probation and appeared in court for a bail hearing.

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Wondering what the new era of legal cannabis might mean to you? The Barrie Police Service has released some details.

Wondering what the new era of legal cannabis might mean to you? The Barrie Police Service has released some details.
Recreational cannabis usage is now legal in Canada, effective today. “If you choose to use cannabis, use it in a manner that is respectful, lawful and in a way that keeps it out of the hands of young persons and does not impact the safety and security of others. The police have a responsibility to enforce the law, fairly, impartially and without compromise,” police advise, adding “cannabis users should become familiar with the Smoke Free Ontario Act which will govern where cannabis can and cannot be used.”

Useful links:
• Did You Know
FAQs
• Cannabis and Driving
• Cannabis in the Workplace
• When to Call the Police
• Additional Cannabis Resources

Did you know

• Cannabis has different effects on different people which vary depending on many factors including the type and amount of product used.
• These effects usually disappear within a few hours but can last longer, especially if the drug is consumed in edible form.
• It can also increase the risk of falls and other injuries, especially when you are doing higher-speed activities such as cycling, skiing or snowboarding.
• Regular use of cannabis has been shown to negatively impact a teen’s perception, memory, judgment, and reasoning.
• How long the impairing effects of cannabis last depends on how it was consumed (smoked, inhaled, and ingested) and how much was taken, but effects can last at least six (6) hours or longer after use.

Frequently asked questions

• What age to possess and use cannabis?
You will need to be 19 and older to buy, use, possess and grow recreational cannabis. This is the same as the minimum age for the sale of tobacco and alcohol in Ontario.
How much can be purchased at one time?
You will be able to purchase up to 30 grams (about one ounce) of dried recreational cannabis at one time for personal use.
• How much cannabis can be carried in public?
You will be able to have a maximum of 30 grams (about one ounce) of dried cannabis in public at any time.
Where to buy cannabis?
When it’s legal, people 19 and over will be able to purchase cannabis online through the Ontario Cannabis Store.
• Medicinal vs. Recreational – is there a difference?
Medical cannabis is subject to different rules than recreational cannabis. The production and sale of medical cannabis is regulated exclusively by the federal government. If a health care professional has already authorized you to use cannabis for medical reasons, your access will not change when recreational cannabis is legal.
Can cannabis be smoked in a car?
No. Even as a passenger, you are not allowed to consume cannabis in any form while in a car or boat.
• Can cannabis be smoked in or near a playground?
No. The same laws apply for smoking tobacco: not within 20 meters of playgrounds and publicly owned sport fields. Each municipality can limit this further.
• Can I smoke cannabis in my apartment?
Yes. You can inside most personal residences (unless restricted by tenancy agreements), but not in common areas such as lobbies, stairwells or laundry rooms.
• Can I share cannabis that I have grown at home with my adult friends and family?
Yes. Sharing of cannabis is legal as long as you stay within the established limits (such as no more than 30 grams can be carried in public).  Only authorized retailers can sell it.

Cannabis and driving

Cannabis, like many other drugs, impairs your ability to operate a motor vehicle which increases your chances of being in a collision. If a police officer finds that you are impaired by any drug, including cannabis, you could face serious penalties, including:
• licence suspension
• vehicle impoundment
• financial penalties
• possible criminal record
• possible jail time
There will be zero tolerance for young, novice and commercial drivers. You will not be allowed to have any cannabis in your system if you are driving a motor vehicle and:
• you are 21 or under (young driver)
• have a Class G1, G2, M1 or M2 licence (novice driver)
• the vehicle you are driving requires a Class A-F driver’s licence or needs a Commercial Vehicle Operator’s Registration (CVOR)
• you are driving a road-building machine

Cannabis in the workplace

For specific regulations regarding cannabis use in your workplace, contact your employer for further information. Members of the Barrie Police Service (both officers and civilians) are required to be fit for duty which means that the member is mentally, emotionally, and physically able to safely and competently perform assigned duties, without any limitations attributable to but not limited to, illness, injury, fatigue, mental stress or the use of and/or after effects of alcohol or drugs.

When to call police

Non-emergency, contact Barrie Police Service non-emergency line at (705)725-7025 if:
• If you are making inquires or for police support or resources
• You are reporting a crime with no suspect or when no suspect is present, like fraud or cyber crime
• You are reporting a non-emergency like missing property
• You are reporting suspicious activity, that may include and not limited to; vehicles, persons in an area, and etc.

Calling 9-1-1
• 
You or someone else is seriously injured or sick
• You witness an emergency such as an assault, a motor vehicle collision where someone is injured or if someone may be in danger (i.e. you hear screaming or gunshots)
• You see a crime in progress
• You see or know of any serious crime that has just occurred
• 9-1-1 emergencies cannot be reported through social media or e-mail. These accounts are not monitored 24/7.

Additional cannabis resources
• For further information on cannabis laws in Ontario visit the Government of Ontario
• For further information on cannabis in Canada visit the Government of Canada 
• For further information on cannabis health effects visit the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit website 

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The fifth annual Xcelerate Summit is scheduled for Oct. 24-25 in downtown Barrie, designed to “provide practical, actionable advice that any business can implement,” the City says in a release.
It takes place at the Georgian College Design & Digital Arts Centre and the Five Points Theatre, and features Juno Award-winning musician and creativity expert David Usher along with 12 other expert speakers.
“Xcelerate Summit has grown into Central Ontario’s premier business event. Each year we look forward to providing relevant and practical tips that will help future-ready businesses,” Stephannie Schlichter, Director of Business Development, is quoted saying.
“Whether you’re starting or growing a business, the Xcelerate Summit offers a wealth of learning that will benefit your business operations. The summit is also a great opportunity for people to network with industry leaders.”
The summit is presented by Pratt Homes & Development. Leaders from the Business Development Bank of Canada, the Sandbox Centre for Shared Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Adams Hamilton, Botree Inc!, 44 North Digital Marketing, Genesys Capital and Max Potential “will share their expertise on a variety of topics from design thinking and digital performance to marketing automation, ‘micro-hiring’ and building winning internal cultures,” the City says.
A full agenda, schedule, and tickets can be found online at www.xceleratesummit.co

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Barrie retains its ‘AA’ credit rating

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Barrie has retained its vaunted ‘AA’ credit rating according to the latest report from Standard & Poor’s (S&P), a financial services company that “offers services including credit ratings, data analysis and equity research to both the private and public sectors worldwide,” according to a City release.
“S&P’s ‘AA’ credit rating confirms that Barrie’s economy is strong and will continue to support the future of our growing city,” CAO Michael Prowse is quoted saying. “The City’s credit rating directly affects property taxes. Our budget process coupled with our long-term fiscal policies has helped maintain this solid credit rating, which means ultimately that our taxes are lower because of it.”
As justification for the rating S&P points to Barrie’s “growing and diversifying economy, necessary investments in infrastructure to support a growing population, healthy liquidity position, and strong financial management,” states the release, adding that the “stable outlook reflects Standard & Poor’s expectations that Barrie’s economy will continue to expand healthily, and its liquidity position will remain more than sufficient over” the next two years.
“S&P’s positive rating reflects our outlook and future financial position. City staff will continue developing long-term affordable plans to ensure we maintain this solid performance level,” Craig Millar, Director of Finance and Treasurer, is quoted saying.
Recent reports have indicated the city’s debt will be just over $284 million by the end of the year.

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Nominees for the 2018 Barrie Business Awards include young professionals, employees of the year, and those up for the Arch Brown Entrepreneur Award of Excellence.
The winners of the Barrie Chamber of Commerce event will be announced at the Barrie Business Awards Gala, Nov. 8 at the Barrie Country Club.
Nominees include:
Young Professional of the Year Award:
• Iain Moggach, Theatre by the Bay, Daniel Steffens, StepUp, Kara Thomson, Bulldog KIDS
Employee of the Year
• Betsy Deane, Speed Pro, Iain Moggach, Theatre by the Bay, Kara Thomson, Bulldog KIDS
Arch Brown Entrepreneur Award of Excellence
• 
Dawn Mucci, Lice Squad.comAngie Ricci, ANGEL TOURS & ENTERTAINMENT INC., Liam Squires, Tandempark
Other recipients include nominees for the Manufacturing Sector Business Excellence Award, the Service Business Excellence Award the Hospitality & Tourism Business Excellence Award the Not-For-Profit or Charitable Organization Award the New Business Award, the Business Growth Award, the Marketing & Promotions Award, the Pay It Forward Award, the Innovation & Technology Award, the Small Business of the Year Award, and the Employer of the Year Award.
For more information on the nominees, time and cost of the gala, click here.
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City gets in the Halloween spirit with spooky bus

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The City plans on getting into the Halloween spirit with some special themed events planned at Barrie’s recreation centres.
A memo to council from B. Roth, director of recreation services, and B. Forsyth, director of transit and parking strategy, advises that “October is here and Halloween is upon us, a special time of the year where kids burst with the excitement of dressing up in costume to go trick-or-treating, and people of all ages get into the spirit of the season.
“And of course with the return of Halloween also marks the return of some exciting Halloween events offered by” recreation services, including:

• The Ghost Bus Tour

According to the memo, the tour is a Halloween themed event delivered by the Recreation Services Department and Barrie Transit. It’s the fifth annual year for the spooky bus.
“This event is consistently one of our most popular events … Fire Services will be involved yet again to help spread awareness about Halloween safety and provide some great photo opportunities for the participants with the fire truck!
“The Ghost Bus itself has been redesigned yet again to ensure everyone has a great time, and participants who came out last year won’t know what to expect so prepare for a good scare all over again!” reads the memo.
Times and locations are: Tuesday, Oct. 23, 5–7:30 p.m. at the East Bayfield Recreation Centre; Wednesday, Oct./ 24, 5– 7:30 p.m. at the Allandale Recreation Centre; Thursday, Oct. 25, 5– 7:30 p.m. at the Holly Community Centre.
“Parents are encouraged to use their own discretion when deciding whether or not to enter the ghost bus with their children, the bus is on the softer side of a typical haunted house but may be too spooky for some participants. The bus will remain stationary all night so participants can drop in at any time. While costumes are not necessary, they are encouraged!” reads the memo.

• Thriller of a Workout

It’s the 10th year for this event, a free family workout “that encourages fun, fitness and fundamentals of the Thriller dance in support of the Barrie Food Bank.” It’s scheduled for Friday, Oct. 26 from 7-7:45 p.m. at the East Bayfield Community Centre.

• Trick or Treat Passes

On Oct. 1, Recreation Services began selling Trick or Treat passes for $0.50 each. These passes are valid for children under 14 years old from Nov. 1 to Dec. 3, “and are good for any drop-in skate or swim within the city! Quantities are limited so act fast to avoid disappointment,” reads the memo.
Read the full memo here.

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