Author: Simcoe Review

Regional study launched to support local agriculture and agri-food sector

Regional partners are undertaking a significant study of the area’s agriculture and agri-food sector and are seeking participation from local businesses to help develop regional and local action plans. The partnership group includes the County of Simcoe, Grey County, Bruce County, City of Barrie, City of Orillia, Georgian College and local business support agencies. The Agriculture and Agri-Food Value Chain Business Retention and Expansion (BR&E) Study will consist of an analysis of the current agriculture and agri-food business climate, based on standardized interviews with local businesses. The survey results will be analyzed by independent consultants and developed into action...

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Barrie increasing affordable housing options

The municipality of Barrie is more than halfway toward the goal of adding 840 affordable housing units in the city. The goal was set as part of the Affordable Housing Strategy, which was approved by council on Feb. 18, 2015. Last month, councillors were provided with a monitoring report, which details results and successes since the plan was put in place. Barrie has created 441 units since the strategy was launched. That’s up from 121 units as of August 2016, when the city installed large public displays in each of the local recreation centres to track the progress toward...

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Barrie Navy League Cadets move to new location

By Rick McGinnis Barrie’s Navy League Cadet Corps moved into a new home last month after spending years in the armoury building, sharing space with the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets with whom they are too often mistaken. It’s a welcome move for the fifty-three members of #24 Chambly. They no longer have to share a gym while practicing semaphore or learning how to tack a sailboat into the wind. “It was starting to get a little bit crowded for us,” said Sonya Anderson, the corps communications officer. “We needed a space of our own.” The group’s move into the...

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Vanilla trumps chocolate

By Rochelle Burns, PhD, social historian Chapman’s ice cream: of ice cream and courage. The story began in 1973. David and Penny Chapman bought a small creamery in Markdale, a village just south of Georgian Bay. The Chapman family business began with four employees, two trucks, a small space and a big dream of making ice cream that had a personal touch.  Part of that was to move to a small town instead of a big city centre. Over the years, the Chapman brand created an endless stream of innovative flavours, including  Canadian Vanilla, Eh!, vanilla ice cream that...

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RVH patient volumes at all time high

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) is experiencing unprecedented patient activity impacting wait times and availability of beds for admitted patients. To safely manage the surging volume of patients RVH has opened another 10-bed temporary overflow unit in its new cardiac intervention unit. Despite opening a 36-bed transitional care unit in December, RVH’s medical bed occupancy has spiked 135 per cent and admitted patients are being cared for in unconventional spaces such as hallways, temporary surge units and in the emergency department. “These soaring patient volumes have made it extremely difficult to provide timely care,” says Dr. Jeffrey Tyberg,...

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Calendar of Events

  1. Barrie Farmers’ Market (Collier and Mulcaster streets)

    November 4, 2017 - April 28, 2018
  2. Barrie Winterfest

    February 3 - March 4
  3. Centre for the Performing Arts

    February 15 - February 24
  4. Dufflebag Theatre

    March 3

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