Month: April 2017

Stars Come Out this May

Barrie’s biggest live theatre night will be back May 8 when the annual Stars Come Out show is set to hit the stage again. The evening promises to be one packed with song, music and dance performed by stars of the most popular Toronto shows. The stars of stage and screen will collaborate for one evening in support of the annual fundraiser for TBTB’s summer season. This years’ headliners have yet to be announced, but tickets are already selling for a line-up sure to be packed with variety. Ian Maggoch, who was recently appointed Executive Director at TBTB is...

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Skilled trades a viable first choice pathway

 Several students from the Simcoe Muskoka District Catholic School Board (SMDCSB) will take part in this year’s Ontario Skilled Trades competition from May 1 to 3. Categories they will compete in are as follows: 2 and 3D animation (technology); TV/video (technology); baking; hairstyling; aesthetics; graphic design; prepared speech, photography (technology); carpentry; and cabinet making. The next step is the nationals but many go on to apprenticeships at Board and Provincial levels alone. The skills contest is a way to promote trade apprenticeships as early as Grade 7 as the school board wanst to ensure students understand what those professions...

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Police Week celebrates 20th anniversary

Preparations for the 20th Anniversary of Police Week are well underway, with South Simcoe Police promising to leave attendees in awe with never before seen showcases. A huge turnout is expected at the open houses, which will be held in Bradford and Innisfil. (Residents of Barrie, Alliston, Beeton and Tottenham, see updates for OPP Police Week below) This years’ event will run May 14-20 with a special celebration May 13 to commemorate their 20th Anniversary. A separate open house running 9 – 11 am will take place at the North Division (2147 Innisfil Beach Road) and 1 – 3 pm...

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OPP release strategic plan

The Ontario Provincial Police’s (OPP) recently released 2017-2019 Strategic Plan will bring forward their focus on five key priorities: Leadership, Healthy Workforce, Analytics, Technology and Reinvestment. Their new plan aims at modernizing police service delivery to communities across the province while encompassing their vision for Safe Communities…A Secure Ontario. Working in partnership with the community toward crime prevention and harm reduction will be at the forefront of policing in an effort to encourage a proactive and joint effort. The OPP will also continue with programs like focused patrol, cybercrime countermeasures, and new technology or calculated reinvestment to meet the...

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New director of education provides wealth of experience

Newly appointed Director of Education at Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB), Steven Blake brings several years’ experience working in Durham, Simcoe and BlueWater Districts. In his recent role as Director at Bluewater District School Board, Blake worked to address challenging financial pressures and student achievement. Blake’s progressive career in education began as a teacher who went on to be department head, vice-principal, and principal at a number of schools. His immediate priorities in his first year as SCDSB Education Director are the strategic plan, community partners, schools, and budget priorities impacting student achievement and well-being. “Student achievement is...

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  1. Cinderella: The Panto

    June 6 - June 30
  2. Barrie Jazz & Blues Festival

    June 7 - June 18
  3. Barrie Farmers’ Market

    June 23
  4. Five Points Theatre

    June 23
  5. Georgian Theatre

    June 23