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Ward Boundary Review

Ward Boundary

The City of Barrie is conducting a comprehensive review of the city’s ward boundaries to develop an effective and equitable system of representation with reference to overall projected growth within the municipality. The revised ward structure is to be in place for the 2014 Municipal Election. This review will address significant population differences across the city’s ten wards (both current ... Read More »

Barrie council OKs zero tolerace regarding backyard burning

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By Bob Bruton, Barrie Examiner Light up! Chimineas, or outdoor solid fuel burning appliances, are OK in Barrie backyards. But city council did approve a zero-tolerance enforcement policy this week, 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 ... Read More »

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 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 »

$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 »

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 »

All-day service part of plan for Huronia Road

Bus service

By Bob Bruton, Barrie Examiner Better bus service to Barrie’s south-end will arrive, but whether it’s in a week or seven months is the question. The service could be part of the 2013 operating budget discussions on Jan. 21, or city councillors could wait until Barrie’s new transit plan begins this summer. Stephen Bertelsen of the Barrie Community Health Centre ... Read More »

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