Author: Steve Pecar

Kim Mitchell headlines Barrie New Year’s Eve fest

Canadian rock music icon Kim Mitchell will headline a New Year’s Eve concert in downtown Barrie. The legendary performer is just part of the festivities taking place December 31 in what is being called “Downtown Countdown,” that promises to be Central Ontario’s largest New Year’s Eve event. All events are scheduled for downtown Barrie and begin at 6 p.m. That includes skating at Circle at the Centre rink, horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, a tube slide and various food vendors. As well as Mitchell, the main stage performers will include Rue Bella, Practically Hip and children’s entertainer Chris McKhool....

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Stats say people getting jobs in Barrie

One of the lowest unemployment rates in decades has Barrie government and business leaders talking proud. Numbers released by Statistics Canada reveal that Barrie had a 3.4 per cent rate in November, one of the lowest in Canada. The number is down a full percentage point from the previous month. Nationally, the jobless rate was 5.9 per cent, the lowest since 2008. The rate is determined by the number of unemployed people as a percentage of both the working and non-working labour force and is compiled through surveys. Government officials point to a number of job creation programs both...

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Innisfil youth committee members needed

Young people in Innisfil have until December 4 to apply to become a member of the Youth Connex Committee (YCC). The group meets regularly and provides a link between local youth, town council and other community partners. YCC also promotes youth initiatives and programs in Innisfil as well as developing priorities and action plans that are undertaken throughout the term. Comprised of students enrolled in Grades 8 through 12, the YCC provides advice on youth issues to council as well as encouraging young people to take part in initiatives that can improve life in Innisfil. The YCC also hosts...

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Police RIDE campaign highlights deadly drugs

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) will use the RIDE campaign to warn people about the use of illegal drugs that can kill. Teaming up with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, the OPP believe this is an innovative approach to combat opioid use which has become increasingly deadly. More people are dying as result of taking drugs laced with opioids, particularly fentanyl, a narcotic that is primarily used to treat patients in extreme pain. Fentanyl is so potent that even miniscule amounts can be lethal. It is showing up in drugs such as heroin to give it extra strength for...

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Missing Barrie girl located

A 13-year-old girl who had gone missing in Barrie has been found. Barrie Police say Bianca Beauvais has been located and is safe. She had been reported missing after leaving school on Nov. 24.    ...

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