Talk is Free Theatre takes The Curious Voyage to Toronto

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

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

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

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



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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Barrie police investigators are seeking the public’s help in locating a suspect who overstayed his welcome at a local Walmart.
On Saturday, Sept. 8, a suspect entered the Walmart store located on Mapleview Drive, before the store closed for the night. The suspect concealed himself behind merchandise on a shelf in the housewares department, where he appears to have slept for several hours, police report.
At about 1 a.m. on Sept. 9, the suspect emerged, and proceeded to select merchandise from various departments, removing them from the store. Total value of the items stolen is about $4,500.
The suspect is described as a tall, thin, white male. He entered the store wearing a green and yellow hat, a grey t-shirt with peach long sleeves, a black sweater over his shoulders and black and white shoes. He emerged from the shelving wearing the black sweater with a large white logo on the front, with the hood pulled up.
Investigating officers are asking anyone who may have information to please contact Constable T. Howlett of the Barrie Police Service at 705-725-7025 ext. 2638 or thowlett@barriepolice.ca. Any information can be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.p3tips.com.

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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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