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Steve Trotter takes over as new Ward 6 councillor in Barrie

Mayor Jeff Lehman and councillors Barry Ward, Bonnie Ainsworth, Sergio Morales and Mike McCann cast ballots in favour of Trotter. Councillors Doug Shipley, Rose Romita,...

Doug Shipley withdraws from Barrie-Innisfil PC nomination race

Doug Shipley is no longer in the running for the PC Party's Barrie-Innisfil nomination. In a Facebook post July 5, the current City of Barrie...

Steve Trotter appointed as Barrie's new Ward 6 councillor

Trotter defeated Lynn Strachan — both had years of experience as municipal councillors coming into the meeting — 5-4 in the final round. Mayor Jeff...

Barrie's Ward 6 candidate list set at 32

... Laurie Watt, Rodney Jackson, Zachary Gribbons-Shrubsole, Donald Kirkpatrick, Colin Nelthorpe, Sage Hyden, Mike Washburn, Kenneth Lansing, Dave Forfar, Justin Heran, Brandon Pitawanakwat, Kevin LePage,...

Barrie councillor Michael Prowse takes leave for 'professional development'

Until Prowse returns, constituents can contact Service Barrie, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 705-726-4242. If necessary, they can also email...

Barrie mayor applauds infrastructure, child care cash announced in federal budget

... implementation of the government's major promises from last year, rather than the announcement of new programs and funding, Mayor Jeff Lehman said. “There are...

Barrie woodworkers hope to save their space

Upon reading the report to stop the subsidy, Ward 1 Coun. Bonnie Ainsworth hesitated. She referred the staff report to the Community Service Committee for...

Barrie Arts Awards puts spotlight on talent

Beattie has a list longer than his arm of the previous awards he's won — from the Barrie Kiwanis Music Festival to the 2016 Alban...

Simcoe County project in Barrie improves housing options for seniors in need

The County of Simcoe celebrated the grand opening of its newly renovated and expanded affordable housing facility at 33 Brooks St. Monday. From left are...

New McDonald's ready to open in Barrie

The O'Neill family is excited to open its eighth McDonald's Restaurant this Friday. From left are Maeve O'Neill, brother Wilson, sister Rosie, and parents Jennifer...

Residents, cops target speeding in Barrie

Bonnie Ainsworth and Ward 2 Coun. Rose Romita at the request of residents. Speeding is one of the biggest complaints Romita said she gets from...

Base Borden cuts possible, says national defence critic at Barrie event

It's a borderless war that's going on right now,” said Barrie-Innisfil MP John Brassard. Brassard and Nuttall both said they are concerned about potential cuts...

Ex-NHLers to play in Midland charity game

In addition to Brown, the North Simcoe team will feature Penetanguishene Mayor Gerry Marshall, Orillia Mayor Steve Clarke, Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte MP Alex Nuttall, retired NHL coach...

Connor McDavid joins Hockey Night in Simcoe County

The North Simcoe roster includes Brown, Penetanguishene Mayor Gerry Marshall, Orillia Mayor Steve Clarke, Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte MP Alex Nuttall, retired NHL coach Dan Maloney, Kool FM...

Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman replaced on Collus PowerStream board of directors

Lehman said he is unconcerned about Barrie not being represented on the Collus PowerStream board because it covers Collingwood, Thornbury and Creemore. “I have sat...

Simcoe County restaurant inspection site slow to catch on with diners

Most infractions are corrected before the health unit inspector leaves the establishment. “There probably are things that could be done (to improve it),” Barrie Ward...

Barrie delays Mady Centre for the Performing Arts naming rights process

An Invest Barrie memo to council suggested city staff move forward with a request for information to gauge interest in the rights and to make...

Essa Road development approved amid residents' concerns

Michael Prowse. “Some people have asked me why don't I oppose this application. It's not my obligation to oppose something because my residents don't like...

Barrie considers shipping containers as affordable housing option

Arif Khan pointed to “Tiny House” TV shows when asking staff whether these homes would also be options for “eco warriors ... who truly want...

Barrie south high school vote delayed

Peter Silveira also missed last week's vote on the south-end school, but when contacted later said he would have voted in favour of accepting the...

Collus Powerstream chair resigns cites dysfunctional relationship with Collingwood administration

The other members on the board are Brian Bentz, Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman and Dan Horchik. John Edwards is a reporter at The Connection, covering...

Approval won't set precedent in Barrie's annex lands, mayor says

Bonnie Ainsworth. “Anyone who has anything to do with the school board … needn't hold their head up high,” she said. Even McCann, who put...

Barrie residents feeling pain of intensified development

But there is a fine line all municipalities must walk when approving housing developments because their intensification plans for growth are provincially mandated, Lehman said.

Gazebo in Barrie's Sam Cancilla Park to be fixed for $50000

Michael Prowse said fixing it up would only encourage them to congregate there. “It's used by people we probably don't want to hang around with...

City of Barrie votes down support letter for IBI therapy

Municipalities are being asked for support.” Ward 4 Coun. Barry Ward added: “While the cause is very noble … at what point does the province...

Creek construction concerns Barrie residents

Ward 4 Coun. Barry Ward said city staff told him the work must be done. “There are serious erosion problems in there. I'm sort of...

City of Barrie pledges $5M for Georgian College innovation centre

Barry Ward: “Two million dollars is disgraceful.” In response, Barrie MPP Ann Hoggarth said she is working to get “the most funding available for Georgian...

Barrie gazebo slated for demolition gets temporary reprieve

It's not in the right spot,” said Ward 4 Coun. Barry Ward. On April 18, general committee approved spending $25,000 to tear down the gazebo...

Barrie councillors pitch in to sponsor table for veterans

Doug Shipley. Instead, he suggested using his own money, originally put aside for a big birthday celebration, to fund the table cost. “That's quite a...

City of Barrie considers Allandale heritage areas

The idea is to amend the zoning bylaw for that area to protect the character of the city's historic neighbourhoods — in this case, the...

Gazebo in Barrie's Sam Cancilla Park to be demolished

Arif Khan. City staff recommended replacing the rotted wood, bringing it to code, adding picnic tables and installing a ramp to make it accessible, at...

And the winner of Innisfil's first Volunteer of the Year award is ….

Courtney was also awarded plaques by MP John Brassard and MPP Julia Munro. The numerous Innisfil Community Church programs that support the community include the...

Archaeological dig planned for Allandale Station in Barrie

Another archaeological search of the Allandale Station lands will be done in the next several months, said Mayor Jeff Lehman. The decision comes as a...

Conservatives, Liberals host competing events in Barrie Saturday

Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte MP Alex Nuttall will host a 1 p.m. event, bringing together Canada's future Conservative leaders at 164 Innisfil St. Speakers include Ontario Conservative Leader...

Travel, newsletters top 2015 Barrie council expenses

Barrie-Innisfil MP John Brassard, who resigned from council last May, spent the least. He claimed $814 in council expenses, which all went to safety lawn...

Men honoured for rescuing teen after Barrie house explosion

... medal to mark its retirement. In the photo from left are Chief Kimberley Greenwood, Barrie-Oro-Medonte-Springwater MP representative Naomi Mueller, Cooper and Tex,...

Leadership auction helps Barrie theatre

... who will cook a brunch for four people, City of Barrie CEO Carla Ladd, who will trade jobs for a day, Town of Innisfil...

Technology leads way in new $1.4M City of Barrie jobs

Peter Silveira, who said he still opposes the creation of any new city positions and believes in “small government.” “I don't think it's the right...

Health unit, LHIN exploring ways to work together more closely

The letter will recommend maintaining the board, with its municipal representation, as the health unit's governance body. In related board news, Barrie councillor Barry Ward...

Family, listening to residents key to Barrie byelection win: Prince

He replaces John Brassard, who was elected Barrie-Innisfil MP in October. Prince first served on Barrie council, representing Ward 9, from 2006 to 2010. He...

Barrie resident wants end to Letitia's bad rap

Peter Silveira said the community might have had a bad reputation decades ago, but it's not deserved anymore. “The crime statistics certainly support my assertions;...

Barrie Budget 2016: 900 city jobs too many?

Still, Ward 1 Coun. Bonnie Ainsworth said she is concerned by how much labour is costing the city in terms of maintaining existing services. Labour...

Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman looks at 2016

Reflecting on the year that was and the 12 months that lay ahead, Mayor Jeff Lehman has a long list of highs and lows. “We'll...

Lunch and learn with Barrie mayor

Mayor Jeff Lehman will be sharing views on the future of the city at a Jan. 20 luncheon. Hosted by the Barrie Chamber of Commerce...

North Barrie Crossing development ramping up

North Barrie Crossing, on Cundles Road East at Duckworth Street, sprang to life last month, with the start of two retail buildings that can be...

Barrie politicians clash over crossing guard costs

Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman said he would rather charge taxpayers more to implement a full school crossing guard program than look for a partner to...

Rookie Barrie MPs taste thrills of the Hill

They're now back in their ridings — Barrie-Innisfil for Brassard and Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte for Nuttall. “It's fast-paced on the Hill. You just realize every day, every...

Crossing guard plan won't guarantee kids' safety, Barrie staff says

Barrie has student safety patrollers as well as mid-block pedestrian crossing signals near schools. Longtime councillor Barry Ward warned his colleagues the city could be...

Experts urge Barrie to clean up financial act

“Internal audits are not just about catching problems, but about improving things,” said Lehman. “It allows someone to take a deep dive from outside a...

Consider impact on taxpayers for Barrie housing needs: councillor

“Affordable housing isn't a one-size-fits-all solution,” said Lynn Strachan, a former councillor and associate with Solutions Ink, the firm the city retained to co-ordinate work...