Month: July 2017

Three impaired drivers nabbed within hours

Barrie Police came across three impaired drivers in less than six hours on July 6. The first was at 6:10 pm when police received multiple calls after a vehicle travelling eastbound on Lakeshore Drive suddenly accelerated and drove over a centre median, across oncoming traffic, through a chain link fence slamming into the side of a building.  When police arrived on scene the driver was arrested for Impaired Driving and was transported to Royal Victoria Regional Health Center for treatment of injuries sustained in the incident.  Extensive damage was reported to the fence, the truck and a building on the...

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As it celebrates its 46th edition, Kempenfest continues to be a major summer staple for the City of Barrie. The annual festival for arts and crafts, food, children’s activities and musical entertainment, runs from August 4-7 and generates an economic impact of $8 million to $10 million annually for the City, according to Tom Aikins, who is in his 17th year as Kempenfest’s head of marketing and sponsorships. It also raises about $250,000 annually for capital projects in the community. “It just makes for a great mid-summer festival celebration,” Aikins says. “It’s worked well, so we’ve stuck with it.”...

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Art in Unexpected Places

Many people say that art is in the eye of the beholder. Some would have a similar view on the display area of the art. The City of Barrie and the Barrie Public Art Committee have launched a summer-long public art exhibition. Art in Unexpected Places, presented by Pratt Homes, features temporary public art pieces that celebrate our local and national history and showcase the work of contemporary Canadian artists in honour of Canada 150. The Art in Unexpected Places launch took place June 30 at the Barrie Transit Downtown Terminal (24 Maple Ave.). Residents came out to view one...

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Bikes prohibited on some downtown sidewalks

Bicycles and other vehicles are prohibited on sidewalks in the downtowns of Alliston, Beeton and Tottenham. Under the New Tecumseth Bylaw 2002-106, a “vehicle” is defined as a bicycle, skateboard, rollerskates, rollerblades, scooter and any other vehicle propelled or driven by wind, gravity or muscular power for the conveyance of a person or persons, but does not include a wheelchair or other vehicle used for the carriage of a person with a physical defect or disability or baby carriage, or baby stroller or wagon or tricycle. These “vehicles” are prohibited on the following sidewalks: On Victoria Street, Alliston between...

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Barrie: That place that makes living near Toronto, but not in it, so appealing.

Simcoe County: Now and Then … and Again There was a time, however, its appeal was literally a matter of life and death for those who fled there. Barrie was the final destination for one branch of the Underground Railroad, that secret network of routes that got slaves out of the United States into freedom in the mid-19th century. This movement of people directly contributed to the development and name of nearby Shanty Bay. Many African-American refugees settled near the water in shanties (small homes). Thus, the name of the village. The government set aside a tract of land...

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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