Month: May 2017

Stars & Scrubs Gala another huge success

The Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation Stars & Scrubs Gala was enjoyed by 700  guests on May 26 at the Nottawasaga Inn. This year’s event built on the momentum from the overwhelming success of the 2016 Gala, which raised approximately $500,000 with net proceeds going directly to support the purchase of critical equipment needs at the hospital. Gala Chair Krista Tomini commented about the event, “The Stars & Scrubs Hospital Gala is an elegant evening that celebrates sponsors, donors, physicians, nurses, hospital staff and committed volunteers who are truly the stars of our community.” The Foundation was thrilled to welcome back...

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Barrie wins silver rating in the 2016 Communities in Bloom

Barrie is pleased to receive a five-bloom silver rating, the highest honour to achieve. Barrie also received a special mention for the Fruit Share Program. Barrie also received an Outstanding Achievement Award for the CN Urban Forestry Award. The city competed in the Grand Champions Category, a competition between past winners who have won in the Population International Challenge and Class of Champions category; the event took place on July 26 and 27 2016. Barrie competed against the Municipality of Boissevain-Morton, Manitoba. “We are all here at the municipality honoured to be bestowed such a magnificent rating in the Communities in Bloom...

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City approves climate change adaption strategy

The City of Barrie has developed a strategy to adapt to a changing climate. At last month’s General Committee meeting, Councillors approved the strategy which will guide future planning to reduce the impacts of climate change on Barrie’s physical, economic, social, and ecological systems. “In Barrie, we’ve already experienced climate change through a number of extreme weather events,” said Katie Thompson, Risk Management Official at the City of Barrie. “This strategy will help ensure staff keeps climate change the top of mind when planning for the future, as well as in everyday operations.” More frequent and extreme weather events,...

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Centennial Park construction work ramps up

Beginning this summer the Centennial Park will begin to take shape. Stated in a press release the engineering staff are working closely with the contractor to minimize the impact on park-goers; however, a number of areas in the park will need to be closed to safely and efficiently complete the work. The information below details what will be open and closed in the park this spring and summer. The general open areas of the park will remain closed May through July. It will reopen immediately before Kempenfest in the first week of August. Kempenfest takes place August 5 to...

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Rise of opioids a serious concern

Drug addiction and overdose deaths have been a dismal constant in news headlines for years, but the last decade or so has seen the rise of the opioids – strong painkiller medicines like Vicodin, Percocet and Oxycontin. The latest addition to this list is fentanyl, a powerful synthetic drug that has spread from the cities to areas like Simcoe County, spreading from prescription drug abuse to a growing black market with roots in Asia. Dealing with this epidemic has changed the way that the police work and front line officers from Barrie’s police services have added a new piece...

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  1. MacLaren Art Centre

    August 1 - August 31
  2. King’s Wharf Theatre

    August 9 - September 1
  3. Outdoor Film Series

    August 15
  4. Orillia Opera House

    August 15 - August 31
  5. Barrie Farmers’ Market

    August 18