Month: December 2017

StatsCan says Canadians spending as much on marijuana as wine

With the Government of Canada poised to legalize access to cannabis for non-medical purposes in 2018, Statistics Canada released a report, on Dec. 18, estimating consumption of the herb from 1960 to 2015. The study estimates 4.9 million cannabis consumers in Canada, aged 15 and older in 2015, including both medical and non-medical use. That translates to an estimated 697.5 tonnes of weed. Assuming a price range of $7.14 to $8.84 per gram, the estimated value of cannabis consumption in Canada in 2015 ranged from $5 billion to $6.2 billion, making the pot market roughly one-half to two-thirds of the size of the $9.2 billion beer market or about 70 to...

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Sharks give back

During the holiday season, there’s a ton of giving. Or, in the case of the Barrie Sharks, just over a ton. In December, the bantam ‘A’ girls hockey team donated upwards of 2,100 pounds of food, along with a number of cash donations, to the Barrie Food Bank. “I am very proud of our girls team giving back to their community,” said Sharks coach Ron Hunt. “As a coach of competitive athletes, I strive to instill values of community involvement in hopes that they will carry it into their adult lives.” Every year, Hunt chooses a charity for his...

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Barrie homes prices expected to leap

The average residential sale price in Barrie is expected to increase by five per cent in 2018 according to one of the country’s largest real estate companies. RE/MAX predicts the brisk housing market that Barrie experienced in 2017 will continue as buyers look for value in areas close to the Greater Toronto Area. The average price for a home is expected to reach almost $528,000 in 2018, which will be an increase of more than $100,000 from average levels reached in 2016. The report also indicates the condo market for Barrie will be strong as new developments reach their...

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Don’t sugar coat it

by Shana Daniel, RHN While sugar and spice make everything nice, after 31 days of December indulgence, it’s most likely the last ingredient we want to think about in our New Year. When it comes to sugar, we have mixed notions of whether it’s okay in moderation, downright poisonous or acceptably sweet as a chemical alternative. Natural sugars exist in virtually all you consume. Fruits and vegetables, starches, both solids and liquids contain it. The question is where the nutrient density lies in the choices made to incorporate it into your daily regimen. Your body breaks down proteins and...

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Barrie rental rates among highest in country

Renting in Barrie is an expensive proposition. According to a new report, issued by, an online site that monitors rental prices across North America, Barrie is tied with Montreal as the third most expensive city for rental units in Canada. The average cost of a one-bedroom rental unit in Barrie is $1,270 a month, a decline of 1.6 per cent from the last reporting period. The price for two bedrooms is $1,650, an increase of 5.1 per cent. Overall, both types of rental units have jumped by 15 per cent since this time last year. Only two of...

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