Month: January 2018

2018 budget focus on roads and growth

After amendments to the proposed capital and operating budgets, City of Barrie council has approved a 2.75 per cent tax increase. That breaks down to a 1.75 per cent increase to deliver services from the city and its service partners and a 1 per cent increase for the Dedicated Infrastructure Renewal Fund, which is used to replace and renew the city’s infrastructure (city roads, bridges, and buildings). For the average Barrie home assessed at $334,000, the increase translates to an additional $114 on your tax bill. As part of the budget, council also approved changes to the water and...

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Four new elementary schools for Simcoe

To answer the call of population growth, four new schools are coming to Simcoe County. The Ministry of Education has announced capital funding for the elementary schools, which will be located at Alliston, Bradford, Wasaga Beach and Oro-Medonte. In all, Queen’s Park is handing over $45 million for the Simcoe County projects, which also include child-care spaces and additions. Representatives from both the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board and the Simcoe County District School Board say the funding comes as much needed relief to educational systems that are bursting at the seams as families move out of the...

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Plow Tracker will monitor Barrie snow removal

Barrie residents will now be able to follow the progress of snow removal along city streets. The city has launched Plow Tracker, an online program accessible through their website. The tracker shows the locations of snow plows and when each street was last serviced. Barrie’s winter maintenance program provides service on a priority system, based on major roads and traffic volumes. While those routes are serviced around the clock, residential streets are tended to regularly but on a secondary level. “When you live in a snow-belt, plowing is almost a daily task in the winter,” said Dave Friary, roads,...

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Top line dealing for Colts

When it comes to playing their lead hand, three of a kind is just fine for the Barrie Colts. For some hockey coaches, the key to assembling a good line is about creating a balance. The thinking is often along the lines of having a checker, a playmaker and a scorer. The checker battles to get the puck in the corners and then gets it to the playmaker, who finds the scorer to finish it off. Yet what happens when you change that chemistry and instead put together three of the most prolific scorers in the OHL this season?...

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Snowbirds take to the skies of Simcoe this June

Later this year, Simcoe County will be treated to two performance by the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. The acrobatic flying stunt team will be appearing at the Canadian Armed Forces Day and Airshow on June 2 and 3 at CFB Borden and again at the Wasaga Beach airshow on June 23 and 24. The Snowbirds were in Simcoe County recently to make the announcement. Captain Robbie Hindle from Midland, a member of the Snowbird team, was on hand to help describe the show. CFB Borden celebrates Canadian Armed Forces Day with a number of planned events and, along with the...

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