Month: June 2017

Theatre by the Bay set to go local for 16th season

Barrie’s homegrown talent will be at the forefront this summer season at Theatre by the Bay (TBTB) with the productions The Five Points and Land of Make Believe.  Both promise to bring something unique to the stage with the former being a documentary play and other a family musical. The Five Points explores downtown Barrie and its infamous intersection where audiences will meet people from all walks of life. The play is based on more than 150 interviews conducted by Artististic Director, Alex Dault with city residents about their experiences living in Barrie. “Barrie is a fascinating place, especially downtown. Spend five minutes standing...

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44 area schools receive environmental certification

Schools across the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) are making environmental learning and responsibility a priority, and many were recognized for their initiatives this year by Ontario EcoSchools. Forty-four elementary and secondary schools achieved varying levels of certification, double the amount certified last year. Ontario EcoSchools status is obtained by implementing environmental initiatives within schools, including recycling programs, waste-free lunches, energy conservation programs and school ground greening projects. “This is a record number of certified EcoSchools across the SCDSB, which shows a growing commitment to going green and positively impacting our environment,” says Jessica Kukac, SCDSB Environmental Systems...

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Students unveil mural representing vision of reconciliation and hope

Since January 2017, students at Georgian Bay District Secondary School (GBDSS) in Midland have been working in partnership with Tay Township to create a mural for the Tay pump house in Waubaushene. The mural, titled Nikeyaa noojimowin miikanaans Along the Healing Path, was officially unveiled on June 17. “The students have worked incredibly hard to realize a collaborative vision – bringing awareness to Truth and Reconciliation – realized through the artwork of Richelle Chartrand McCue, a GBDSS art student,” says John Playford, GBDSS Principal. “It is our hope that our community will see it as a step towards reconciliation.”...

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Garbage cans: a work of art

Students participate in the garbage can decorating contest. In celebration of Canada’s 150th, the Town of New Tecumseth is hosting a youth garbage can decorating contest. Participation was sought through local elementary and high school teachers and 25 classes have confirmed their participation in the contest. Garbage cans will be displayed during the Canada Day festivities at Riverdale Park in Alliston. Residents are asked to donate a non-perishable food item and vote for their favourite can. The teacher of the winning class will receive a $250 gift card to use towards supplies for their classroom. Following Canada Day, the...

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Top cops address national and international concerns

Chief Andrew Fletcher of the South Simcoe Police Service has been elected as a Vice President and Chief Kimberley Greenwood from Barrie Police will serve as First Vice President of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP). Fletcher joined South Simcoe Police as the Deputy Chief of Police in 2015. He was appointed as the Chief of Police this past April. Representing the OACP is not new to Fletcher, he has previously served on the executive as the Zone 4 Director and as Chair of the OACP Community Safety and Crime Prevention Committee. Greenwood who is Barrie’s first...

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Calendar of Events

  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