Month: May 2017

Torch Run helps raise funds for Special Olympics

When OPP officer Bill Dickson was asked to lead the local Law Enforcement Torch Run, he had no idea what it was, let alone that it was the largest Special Olympics fundraiser in the world. It wasn’t long after being “volun-told” by former commissioner Chris Lewis, however, that Dickson began to think “oh, this is something really good.” It wasn’t until his first final leg, running in the opening ceremony of provincial spring games in Peterborough, when the true meaning of the torch run hit home. “I will always remember running into that arena with law enforcement reps from...

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Netflix series raises concern for school board

The Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has been the centre of much attention, due to its fictional account of one teen’s suicide and the factors leading to it. The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) has advised staff that they are not to use the series as a teaching tool. This decision is based upon the advice of mental health professionals from across the province, who have stated that the material is graphic and potentially triggering for vulnerable young people. While the themes in this series may not pose a risk or potential harm to most students, for those...

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Terry Fox Elementary School event features student artwork for sale

On May 10 and 11, the public is invited to attend Terry Fox Elementary School’s 12th annual Art Show and Sale. The Art Show and Sale will showcase the talents and creativity of young artists from kindergarten to grade 8.  Paintings, sculptures, pencil sketches, prints and more will be available to purchase for $5.  All proceeds from the event will go directly back into the various arts programs within the school. The event runs from 3:15 to 5:30 pm on May 10 and 3:15 to 5:00 pm on May 11 in the gymnasium of Terry Fox Elementary School, located...

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Free Goods Exchange Day 2017

It’s that time of year again when the community will come together to De-Clutter with Barrie’s annual Free Goods Exchange Day #BarrieFGED! The City of Barrie’s creative solution for diverting garbage from landfills since the early 90s is still going strong. On the morning of June 10, residents can place all usable (and unwanted) goods on their property and mark them with the Free Goods Exchange Day poster (above) found on This will let other participants know that your items are available for the taking. Community members can feel free to unload items like sporting goods, furniture, small appliances, books, tools, doors,...

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Farm tour offers food learning experiences 

Haanview Farms, community partners, and Sheldon Creek Dairy will host a free day on the farm, June 17. It will be a celebration of local food and education on agriculture for the family to enjoy Father’s Day weekend. The farm is already a popular tourist attraction and place to visit in the summer with farm store samplings every weekend. The 6th annual day on the farm free event is expected to attract 7,000 revellers, with kid-friendly activities and several sponsors already in tow. During this free event, the public will learn about the food they eat through cooking demonstrations, tours of the barn,...

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