Month: July 2017

Barrie Film Festival has plans to celebrate 20th anniversary

By Perry Lefko BFF doesn’t just stand for Best Friend Forever. It is the three letters that stand for the Barrie Film Festival, which turns 20 years old this year. This year’s festival runs October 13-27 at venues throughout the city, and as always it is the work of a dedicated group of cinema lovers that come together to showcase feature films, short films, guest Q & As and receptions. More than 20 films are shown, some of them with extra screenings, totaling more than 40. The original festival started out with nine films over the course of a...

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Town of New Tecumseth approves sale of surplus lands

Town of New Tecumseth council recently agreed to pursue the sale of five municipally-owned properties that could fetch upwards of $2 million. Council voted to sell lands at 4 Elizabeth Street, Tupper Street (Alliston), 4213 Sideroad 20 (New Tecumseth), 285 Centre Street North (Beeton) and 5594 Concession Road Three (Adjala-Tosorontio). As well, the town’s real estate brokerage, Coldwell Banker, Ronan Realty, was directed to begin the process to sell the lands. Revenue from the sales will be forwarded to the Hydro Electric Commission Sale Reserve Fund. Pictured here are the Tupper Street lands, 3.85 acres, listed for...

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PM makes the rounds in Barrie

Justin Trudeau was in Barrie today, first visiting with Mayor Jeff Lehman (pictured above) and then shifting from his original plan to visit Centennial park afterward due to poor weather conditions. Trudeau instead was received by a crowd of 250 locals at the East Bayfield Community Centre where he spoke about the Federal Government’s Child Tax Credit. Members of the community were able to engage in two-way dialogue with the PM about the new child benefit system that is geared towards families....

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The Big Feastival has food and entertainment for all ages

The Big Feastival is coming from the United Kingdom to Canada, specifically Burl’s Creek at Oro-Medonte, August 18-20. The Big Feastival, which is billed as a feel-good festival of music and food for all ages, has been a staple for six years in the U.K. The musical acts lined up include: Weezer, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, The Strumbellas, OK Go, De La Soul, Magic, Wintersleep, Basia Bulat, Dragonette, Choir! Choir! Choir!, The Elwins, Dwayne Gretzky, Repartee, The Beaches, Famous Players, Abigail Lapell, Amberweed, Andi, Aria Ohlsson, Ayaz V, Bayla, Carnival Spice, Command Sisters, En Riet, Good Enough, Live Karaoke,...

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Tips on Saving Energy this Summer

Between 2014 and 2016, Hydro rates have increased by 21% across the province, which impacts the budgets of individual households, businesses and municipalities. The City of Barrie has been successful in circumventing these rates by adopting energy efficiency. Their annual spend on utilities is over $10 million dollars on utilities, so they have mandated the Energy Management Branch to reduce their consumption. City operations impacted by this initiative, include all facilities, parks, and water and wastewater infrastructure. The City is one of 10 member municipalities with the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority Mayors’ Megawatt Challenge and won an award for...

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