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Barrie council OKs transit changes

Barrie Transit

By Bob Bruton, Barrie Examiner City buses to Huronia Road health services will be running sooner rather than later. Barrie council has approved adjusting Barrie Transit routes to include 480 Huronia Rd., which houses the Barrie Community Health Centre (BCHC) and the Huronia Urgent Care Clinic. It would begin May 6, but reduce service to the Pine Drive area —although ... Read More »

Barrie set to redraw ward boundaries

Barry Ward

Barry Ward for Barrie Ward 4 was a catchy slogan for three elections. But that – and more – could change – as Barrie reviews its ward boundaries. “It’s going to be a real tough job,” said Ward, the longest-serving councillor. “There are others things to consider, like school board boundaries and garbage collection. It’s not just the interests of ... Read More »

No wiggle room for backyard fires

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By Bob Bruton, Barrie Examiner Chimineas are back on Barrie’s front-burner. Councillors agreed Monday to a zero-tolerance enforcement policy, so that all such fires would be ordered extinguished upon complaint. A second complaint at the same address within 24 hours can result in a fine. A copy of this policy would be provided to anyone receiving an outdoor burning permit. ... Read More »

Credits given to help needy access programs

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By Bob Bruton, Barrie Examiner Accessing Barrie’s recreation programs has been eased by a new initiative. RecACCESS provides support to low-income city families and individuals by giving them credits that can be applied to registration fees for programs and activities. “This is such a simple idea that has so many benefits for so many people,” Mayor Jeff Lehman said Thursday ... Read More »

Council to consider upgrades financed by the Colts

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By Bob Bruton, Barrie Examiner The Colts could be making a significant investment in the Barrie Molson Centre, whether their 2014 Memorial Cup bid is successful or not. Barrie councillors will consider a motion Monday that includes BMC upgrades financed by the Colts worth $930,000. This money would pay for part of the dressing rooms expansion and all of the ... Read More »

Council supports FCM in Caribbean

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By Bob Bruton, Barrie Examiner Tuesday, February 12, 2013 1:14:55 EST PM An attempt to rein in city staff participation in a Caribbean aid program fell short Monday. Barrie Coun. Bonnie Ainsworth wanted a business plan which included program details, staff time involved, mission frequency and annual reporting before council supported the program. “I’m bothered about this being a five-year ... Read More »

Where does Khan stand on MacLaren?

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I have to wonder where our new Barrie councillor, Arif Khan, stands on the 3.3% property tax increase city council approved Jan. 28? Why would he not suggest that either the MacLaren Art Centre fork over $200,000-plus to stay in the Carnegie building Barrie residents own, or we turf them out? Give them their walking papers. Watch the south end ... Read More »

$4.1-million increase to city salaries, benefits

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By Bob Bruton, Barrie Examiner So who’s counting? Barrie homeowners are, as city council increased their property taxes by 3.3% this year on Monday night. That adds $119 to a typical Barrie home assessed at $277,000; it had taxes of $3,625 last year. With that blended, municipal/education tax increase this property’s 2013 tax total will be $3,744. “The financial pressures ... Read More »

Resident says it’s ‘wrong’ to upgrade Molson Centre when Allandale needs more repairs

MolsonCentre

By Bob Bruton, Barrie Examiner Fix up the old, the new can wait. City council will hear a deputation Monday opposing spending $590,000 improving Barrie Molson Centre’s dressing rooms — if the Colts’ 2014 Memorial Cup bid is successful — instead of upgrading Allandale Recreation Centre. “(It’s wrong to spend) taxpayer dollars on (BMC) locker rooms that few local residents ... Read More »

Four city councillors have issues with proposed budget

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By Bob Bruton, Barrie Examiner There’s more fiddling in the forecast for this year’s Barrie budget. After nearly five hours of discussion Monday night, city councillors gave initial approval to a 3.5% property tax hike for homeowners. But the vote wasn’t unanimous — with Couns. Alex Nuttall, Brian Jackson, Arif Khan and Peter Silveira opposed. While four votes isn’t enough ... Read More »

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