Month: March 2018

The changing face of downtown Barrie

By J.T. McVeigh This isn’t your mother’s downtown. After years of watching the city grow up around it, downtown Barrie is getting a face-lift past councils could only dream about. The downtown core has slowly moved away from a Victorian-era commercial strip to an era of 20-storey condos, convertible sidewalks, a major concert hall and convention centre and, once again, the possibility of a hotel. At a recent council meeting, final approval was given to rezone Five Points land in order to build a 20-storey mixed-use building in downtown Barrie. Along with the project site plan and development conditions,...

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Tackling downtown Barrie commercial patios

By J.T. McVeigh In the summertime, Barrie has a love/hate relationship with commercial patios in the downtown area. Restaurants and taverns seem to like them, there were 34 in downtown last year, but the design is lacking. Wooden walkways zigzagging along the street taking over street parking and making pedestrian travel an effort at times, particularly for people with mobility challenges. Council heard a presentation on March 26, updating a project to improve the Dunlop Street corridor, from Mulcaster to Toronto Street that could satisfy a lot of concerns. Alvaro Almuina, project coordinator, presented the idea of convertible sidewalks...

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Tucker’s OT winner evens series for Colts

Tyler Tucker was determined to make up for a costly penalty that allowed the Mississauga Steelheads to tie up the game with just 56 seconds remaining. Boy, did he ever. After getting a good dose of support from his teammates in the intermission, the defenceman went out and scored his second goal of the game just 16 seconds into overtime to give the Barrie Colts a 5-4 win, March 29, at the Hershey Centre. The win evened the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final series at two games apiece with game five scheduled for March 31, back in Barrie. With the...

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Bendus stays in the game

A competitive hockey career might be over for Vicki Bendus, but she’s sticking around the sport. Having graduated from Brock University with a master’s degree in kinesiology, the Wasaga Beach native is now the lead sports performance coach for the Badgers’ hockey and soccer teams. Her opportunity came about during her last year of school. “In 2016, Brock hired Steve Lidstone as the sports performance manager (after) essentially doing the same job at McMaster,” Bendus said. “He was there to help build the strength and conditioning program at Brock, which didn’t really exist before him. If teams had wanted...

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Average weekly earnings on the rise

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, the average weekly earnings in January of non-farm payroll employees were $996. Average weekly earnings in Ontario increased 3.1 per cent to $1,015, with finance and insurance; public administration; and professional, scientific and technical services contributing the most to the rise. In January 2018, wages in Canada ranged from $2,092 for mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction workers to $399 for those employed in accommodation and food services. Notably, accommodation and food services earnings rose 8.2 per cent from the year before. The sector has been on an upward trend since March 2017 and...

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