Author: Steve Pecar

Barrie appoints new fire chief, clerk

The City of Barrie has announced the hiring of two top administrators. Wendy Cooke has been named city clerk, while Cory Mainprize has become fire chief. Cooke has served as deputy city clerk for the past five years with responsibility for the legislative branch that includes council secretariat functions, corporate records and information management, corporate mail and print shop services, administration of vital statistics and management of municipal elections and byelections. “Wendy has been instrumental in the successful execution of the 2014 municipal election and the 2016 byelection, led the implementation of the electronic approval tracking for council documents...

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More beer sales coming to Simcoe

Simcoe County residents will have more opportunities to buy beer at grocery stores. The provincial government has announced plans to add five more locations across the county with sales of beer and wine to begin in April. The grocery stores that will be added include: Food Basics, 9226 Highway 93 in Midland Fresh Co., 55 Mountain Rd. in Collingwood Loblaws, 11 Byrne Dr. in Barrie Walmart, 1175 Murphy Rd. in Orillia Walmart, 545 Holland St. W. These stores are among 87 new grocery stores across Ontario that will be able to sell beer and cider. They will be added...

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Downtown theatre now Five Points

Five Points Theatre is the new name for Barrie’s centre for the performing arts. After a brief name the theatre contest, Five Points received the most votes from among four other proposed names. In total, 2,400 votes were cast with Five Points earning the nod on about 600 of the ballots. The name reflects the five point intersection outside the doors of the centre in downtown Barrie. The contest came about after Pratt Homes was named the chief sponsor for the facility by paying $300,000 for the 15-year naming rights. However, rather than name the facility after itself, the...

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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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