Author: Steve Pecar

Capital projects in store for New Tecumseth

A new administrative office, fire station, library and parks are all on the horizon for residents of New Tecumseth as growth continues to drive the agenda for the town. The 2018 budget approved by council will go to meet the increasing demands that include these new facilities as well as several other service improvements. The $32.2 million budget will see the tax bill of an average assessed home in the municipality increase by just over $90 this year. The amount will be a portion of the total tax bill that also includes amounts ratepayers will have to give to...

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Molson Centre, others, looking for a new name

Add the Molson Centre, the hockey home of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Colts, to the growing list of public facilities in Barrie looking for a new name. At the end of 2018, the current agreement between the city and Molson Coors will expire, and the brewer has already indicated they have no desire to work out another deal. That means the search is on to find a new sponsor for Barrie’s largest community centre, one that could add a few million dollars to city coffers in exchange for affixing their name to the big rink. A report, that...

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Barrie homes prices expected to leap

The average residential sale price in Barrie is expected to increase by five per cent in 2018 according to one of the country’s largest real estate companies. RE/MAX predicts the brisk housing market that Barrie experienced in 2017 will continue as buyers look for value in areas close to the Greater Toronto Area. The average price for a home is expected to reach almost $528,000 in 2018, which will be an increase of more than $100,000 from average levels reached in 2016. The report also indicates the condo market for Barrie will be strong as new developments reach their...

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Barrie rental rates among highest in country

Renting in Barrie is an expensive proposition. According to a new report, issued by, an online site that monitors rental prices across North America, Barrie is tied with Montreal as the third most expensive city for rental units in Canada. The average cost of a one-bedroom rental unit in Barrie is $1,270 a month, a decline of 1.6 per cent from the last reporting period. The price for two bedrooms is $1,650, an increase of 5.1 per cent. Overall, both types of rental units have jumped by 15 per cent since this time last year. Only two of...

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Colts send Nizhnikov packing

By Gene Pereira  The Barrie Colts paid a substantial price to bring Kirill Nizhnikov into the fold last season, but the talented Russian forward never found his game here and in early December the OHL club decided to part ways with the struggling second-year player. Barrie dealt Nizhnikov to the Sudbury Wolves in exchange for a third-round pick in 2018, a fifth-round pick in 2019 and second-round picks in 2021 and 2023. Originally drafted by Mississauga seventh overall as a 2016 OHL Priority Selection, the Colts acquired the six-foot-one, 190-pound winger before the beginning of last season in a blockbuster move that...

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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. Georgian Theatre

    February 22
  5. Dufflebag Theatre

    March 3