Month: December 2017

Eastview Kempenfelt Cup champs

For one team, it was a continuation of their dominance. With the other squad, this was finally their chance to break through. The Eastview Wildcats swept the Kempenfelt Cup at the Barrie Molson Centre, as both the girls and boys teams won the public-school-board event, which raised more than $11,000 in support of Christmas Cheer. “It’s really important that we can all come together and donate as well as play hockey,” said Wildcats forward Emma Wilson. “It’s just a great event.” The girls hockey team had won the previous two iterations of the Kempenfelt Cup, and cruised back to...

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Simcoe County warden looks ahead to 2018

Stimulating the county’s economic development, providing new affordable housing, and keeping up with the county’s endless infrastructure needs has kept County of Simcoe warden Gerry Marshall and council busy in 2017; and planning for 2018. With more than 1,800 kilometers of roads to maintain, the county has plenty to administer. “We’re going to do about sixty kilometers of road work next year,” said Marshall. That includes work on highways 90 and 17.  As well, the county’s new interchange at Highway 400 and 4th Line is expected to be fully open in November 2018, which opens the door for new...

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Name this Barrie theatre

The former Mady Centre for the Performing Arts, in downtown Barrie, has a new sponsor and will soon have a new permanent name. On Dec. 11, Barrie city council gave their approval to Pratt Homes as the new sponsor for the theatre, which is located at the Five Points intersection, at 1 Dunlop St. West. The Mady name officially expired in December 2016 after developer Charles Mady defaulted on his naming-rights deal. He agreed to buy the naming rights for 22 years in exchange for a $500,000 gift to the city over five years. Last February, city officials issued...

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Can Barrie mayor maintain city’s momentum in 2018?

The water in Kemptfelt Bay will soon freeze over, but economic growth in Barrie continues to flow significantly.  With unemployment near a record low, the city is no longer treading water like it was not so long ago. Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman, who dove into municipal politics in 2006 when he was elected city councillor, reflected on the past year.  The former urban planner has been the city’s mayor since 2010.  He’s thrilled with what council has been able to achieve in 2017 and eager to see the city undertake its plans for 2018. “It’s been a long climb...

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Svechnikov finding his game again

By Gene Pereira   Andrei Svechnikov stood outside the Barrie Colts dressing room at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga going through his traditional post-game stretches. Fresh off his first game in nearly two months, the talented Russian forward, who is touted to be one of top two selections in the 2018 NHL draft, was sporting his usual friendly grin when he was approached by a familiar reporter. The grin disappeared and a look of frustration came over his face when asked how he felt about his performance in Barrie’s 3-2 win on Dec. 8 over the host Mississauga Steelheads....

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Calendar of Events

  1. Barrie Farmers’ Market (Collier and Mulcaster streets)

    November 4, 2017 - April 28, 2018
  2. Photos with the Easter Bunny

    March 23 - March 25
  3. The Jim Cuddy Band

    March 29
  4. South Simcoe Theatre

    April 12 - April 15
  5. Huronia Symphony Orchestra

    April 14