Author: Steve Pecar

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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Pooch patrol coming to New Tecumseth

You’ve got to get a license for your dog. The powers that be, in New Tecumseth, insist upon it. Starting on Jan. 29 and continuing for several weeks, town representatives will be going home-to-home to remind people that the furriest member of their family must be made official and a license must be purchased annually. Along with DocuPet, a municipal dog licensing company, the awareness program is intended to remind residents of the town’s municipal by-law. The canvassers won’t be checking collars, but they will be dropping off information detailing the program between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. They...

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Barrie budget looks to hold the line

The budget expected to be approved by City of Barrie councillors next week is one largely geared to maintaining existing service levels and the increasing costs involved. Still, the draft budget, which has already been scrutinized at the committee level, will see some tangible capital expenditures that will be paid for by the tax rate and other municipal revenue streams. Work on the Barrie-Simcoe Emergency Campus, the facility that will house police, fire and paramedic services, will continue to completion, at a cost of $92 million. Other capital projects also in store include the creation of a year-round downtown market,...

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OLG payments good news for Innisfil

Georgian Downs is paying off for Innisfil. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) has just issued a third-quarter payment of more than $970,000 to the Town of Innisfil for hosting slots at Georgian Downs. “OLG’s host fees provide municipalities with important funds to enable investments in their communities,” said Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa. “People all across Ontario benefit from OLG revenues that support broader public services including health care and education.” Although the year-end figures are not yet available, Innisfil stands to make just under $4 million from the slots this year. Under the current payment system,...

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Five names considered for performing arts centre

A shortlist of names has been revealed for Barrie’s downtown centre for the performing arts. Formerly known at the Mady Centre, the city has been asking residents to submit suggestions to re-name the facility and now they are being asked to vote on the finalists: Centre Stage Barrie, Live at the Five, Portage Centre, Five Points Theatre or Spirit Catcher Playhouse. You can cast your vote at The online polls will continue through Jan. 26 and the winning name will be revealed in February. The old naming rights expired in 2016 and, since then, Pratt Homes has stepped...

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