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June 10th

Barrie’s Trails to Adventure Barrie boasts a mecca of trails that can lead you down the path of adventure this summer. Here are 15 interesting facts about Barrie trails that may just get you out there exploring:

Make Room For The New City Page The new and improved City Page rebranded as “This Week in Barrie” is sporting a fresher look, doubling into a two page spread and located in the prized centre portion of the Barrie Examiner. In addition to editorial based articles and important community news, readers will now find event listings, public service announcements, employment opportunities, and bid and tender opportunities. The changes result mainly from efforts to communicate exciting events, issues and information that accompany our growing community in addition to fulfilling the 2010 plan of expanding the City’s communications and outreach to residents consistent with Council’s strategic Priority of ‘ensuring proactive communications with the public and increased opportunities for citizen engagement.’ “We know from the Citizen Survey conducted in late 2008 and early 2009 that residents look for city information in the dedicated page in the Examiner each week… having more information in one spot makes things easier for the reader, “ says Barrie’s Director of Communications and Intergovernmental Affairs Rebecca James-Reid. The City will also communicate information seven days a week on Rock and Kool FM radio spots, the A-channel 6 pm news and on Rogers TV. “These new initiatives have provided the corporation with significant cost savings by allowing us to bulk buy, saving the corporation money while increasing our opportunities to communicate with the residents of Barrie.”

Barrie has over 51 km of recreational trails, 39 km of signed bike routes and 5.6 km of on-road bike lanes.

Even dogs have their own trail in Barrie. The Dog Off Leash Recreation Area (DOLRA) is located in Sunnidale Park.

The Nine Mile Portage trail runs between Barrie’s Memorial Square and historic Fort Willow in the Township of Springwater. Its history dates back to early aboriginals and was used later on by the British military during the War of 1812, and early settlers.

The largest trails within the Barrie trail network are the North Shore Trail, the Ardagh Bluffs Walking Trails and the Trans Canada Trail that passes through the City.

For cyclists, Barrie has a network of on-road routes, roadways with laneways and multiuse trails displayed on the City’s online map. Approximately 20 km of Trans Canada Trail passes through Barrie, connecting us to the Town of Innisfil to the south and the Township of Springwater to the northwest. Bicycle laneways are available on Mapleview Drive east of Yonge Street, on Veteran’s Drive between Salem Road and Harvie Road, and on Ferndale Drive South between Tiffin Street and Summerset Drive.

The 3.5 kilometre waterfront trail follows the shoreline of Kempenfelt Bay from Minet’s Point Road to Heritage Park and is open year round.

an Adopt-a-Park and Adopt-a-Trail program as a community service for volunteers to assist in keeping our parks and trails safe from vandalism and free of garbage. To become involved, register online through the City’s web page or call the Engineering Department at (705) 739-4207 during regular business hours. Barrie releases a new map in mid-June to be made available at various City buildings, the Barrie Library and Tourism Office. A map can also be viewed at under the Parks and Trails of the Community section.

Southshore Community Centre, St. Vincent Park, Heritage Park, Centennial Park - and all the Recreation Centres have accessible washrooms. The City of Barrie has

Every September we celebrate the Nine Mile Portage Heritage Festival where people can walk a part or the entire trail to Fort Willow in the Township of Springwater. The event includes snacks, shuttle services and historic reenactments.

Upcoming Events June 12 ECOFEST BARRIE Barrie’s Waterfront Celebrating sustainable futures Barrie’s Waterfront. In partnership with the City of Barrie.

June 17 BARRIE WATERFRONT PARKS INITIATIVE Public Information Centre (705) 739-4207, Parkview Seniors Centre 189 Blake Street 18 89 Bl B ake Stre eet p.m. 6:000 p p.m. - 9: 9:000 p .m m.

June 9 – August 25

July 30 – August 2



Heritage Park An outdoor series held every Wednesday evening throughout the summer featuring theatre, music, film and art all set in Heritage Park. Bring your lawn chair!

Waterfront Park (705) 739-4216 , One of North America’s largest outdoor arts and crafts festivals including an antique show, food, kids activities, entertainment, and so much more!

June 10 – 21

August 7

June 17




Barrie and Area Venues Featuring a variety of Jazz and Blues performers in over 25 venues throughout the Barrie area.

Heritage Park Be part of an Interactive Celebration. Come and experience the diversity of rhythmic expression including live entertainment, music and dance instruction, and instrument-making workshops.

July 1 – 4

August 13 – 15

34TH ANNUAL PROMENADE DAYS AND CANADA DAY FESTIVITIES Downtown & Waterfront Parks (705) 734-1414, Celebrate Canada’s birthday at Barrie’s largest street festival featuring entertainment, vendors, food and fun. Kick-off the celebration with fireworks on July 1st.

July 8 - 11 9TH ANNUAL RIBFEST AND CRAFT BEER SHOW Downtown Barrie (705) 734-1414 , Great food, BBQ competition, celebrity cook-off, craft beer show and entertainment.

CARIBFEST Centennial Park (705) 792-6952, Email: The third annual Barrie Caribbean Festival promises to be a spectacular array of sights, sounds and tastes of the Caribbean.

August 27 – 28 BARRIE DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL Heritage Park (705) 728-1010, Enjoy dragon boat racing, exhibits, children’s activities, and entertainment. 49 Teriffic Teams have already registered. If you want to join us, REGISTER NOW and don’t miss the boat! Paddles up!

Barrie Public Library (705) 728-1010, 60 Worsley Street, Barrie

Free workshop, pre-register required: E-mail: (705) 728-1010 ext. 7014 Every workplace in Ontario must comply with the new violence and harassment prevention provision in the Occupational Health and Safety Act. Session One: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. SuiteWorks, 92 Caplan Ave. Session Two: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Barrie Public Library

June 24 SUMMER READING SNEAK PEEK You are welcome to join Library Staff and get a head start on this year’s Adult Summer Reading Contest. We will talk about how you can participate in this summer’s contest plus give out entry forms and book lists. Staff will present a few book talks, read a short story, and play some literary games. Light refreshments will be served at this drop-in social evening.

For information on news, events, and more visit us online at


Application deadline: July 31, 2010 Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee – On May 3, 2010, Council approved establishing a Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee. The powers and functions of the Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee are established in subsection 81 of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996. The purpose of the Committee is to receive and make decisions regarding applications for compliance audits of candidates’ 2010 municipal election campaign finances and any by-election campaign finances during the 2010 to 2014 Council term. The Committee will be comprised of three (3) members of the public to be appointed for a term to expire November 30, 2014. Membership is not restricted to citizens of Barrie. Please note that those individuals who are employees or officers of the City or any of its local boards, members of City Council or any of its local boards and any persons who are candidates in the municipal election will be disqualified. Any persons who have a personal or professional relationship with any persons who are mayoral or councillor candidates in the municipal election will also be disqualified. The City of Barrie is seeking applicants’ with the following qualifications and backgrounds: • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of campaign financing rules of the Municipal Elections Act, 1996; • Proven analytical and decision making skills; • Experience working on Committees, task forces or similar settings; • Understanding of quasi-judicial proceedings; • Availability and willingness to attend meetings (daytime and/or evening); • Excellent oral and written communication skills; • Accountants and Auditors with experience in preparing or auditing the financial statements of Municipal candidates; • College or university professors with expertise in political

Employment Opportunities

science or local government administration; • Legal profession with experience in municipal law, municipal election law or administrative law; • Professions who in the course of their duties are required to adhere to codes or standards of their professions which may be enforced by disciplinary tribunals.

A meeting per diem will be paid for each of the members appointed to the Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee.

a tax arrears notation appears on your tax bill it means that at the time of tax billing there were outstanding taxes and/or penalty owing. Please contact our office for the current balance outstanding; you signed up for the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan prior to May 15, 2010 and your tax bill does not reflect this, please contact the Tax Department to confirm enrolment in the PAP plan.

Final installments are due June 28 and September 27, 2010. Application forms are available on the City of Barrie’s website at Applications and resumes containing details regarding qualifications and applicable experience for the above appointments may be directed to the undersigned at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall 70 Collier Street, P.O. Box 400, L4M 4T5. Please return your completed application to the address noted below, in person, by mail, or by fax (705) 739-4243 no later than 4:30 p.m. on July 31, 2010.

Penalties/interest will commence on the first day of each month for any late payments. Penalty/Interest rates are at the rate of 1.25% per month. Please be advised that all payments received are applied first to all penalties owing, then the remainder to the taxes owing. Failure to receive a tax bill does not excuse the property owner from responsibility for payment, nor relieve him/her from liability of penalty for late payment.

For further information, please contact, Deputy City Clerk, Carey deGorter at (705) 739-4220 ext. 4560 or City Clerk Dawn McAlpine at (705) 739-4220 ext. 4421.

Join the thousands of City property owners already enjoying the benefits of pre-authorized payment plans. The preauthorized plans available are:

Personal information received in response to this notice is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, S.O. 2001.

Due Date Plan – installment amount taken on due date;

Monthly Plan – equal amounts taken January to May & June to October;

Dawn A. McAlpine, City Clerk The City of Barrie 70 Collier Street, P.O. Box 400, L4M 4T5

NOTICE OF TAX BILLING AND INSTALLMENT DUE DATE The 2010 final tax bills have been issued for all property owners in the City of Barrie. These bills were mailed between May 27th and June 7th. IF: • a mortgage company is responsible for payment of the taxes, and you have received a bill, please be advised that this is for “Your information only” and no payment is required;

Arrears Plan – agreed upon amount taken every month (interest applies).

PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT IF PAYING BY TELEBANKING OR INTERNET BANKING YOU MAY BE ASKED TO RE-REGISTER YOUR ROLL NUMBER, EVEN IF YOU ARE PREVIOUSLY SET UP WITH YOUR FINANCIAL INSTITUTION. YOUR 19 DIGIT ROLL NUMBER, AS FOUND ON YOUR TAX BILL, IS YOUR ACCOUNT NUMBER. If you would like additional information regarding the various payment options available, or if you have not received your tax bill please call (705) 739-4230 between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Wet Field Policy


BUSINESS SYSTEMS ANALYST (TEMPORARY – 1 YEAR) For detailed information about these opportunities and more visit

Barrie has a wet field policy in an effort to avoid damage to our sports fields and injury to players. If the field or diamond is considered unplayable the City has the right to cancel any game booked due to wet field conditions.

Wondering if your practice or game is still on or if a sports field is closed? Call Leisure, Transit & Facilities Inclement Weather Hotline (705) 739-4215

DOCUMENTS are available online at or from the Finance Dept, Main Floor, City Hall, 70 Collier Street Barrie during business hours Monday to Friday, 8:30 am. to 4:30 pm. For further information visit or call (705) 739-4220 Ext 4538 or Ext 4709 or by e-mail at Electronic copies are only available through The City of Barrie document fee does not apply to documents that are downloaded electronically through, however a fee may be applicable.

REQUEST FOR QUOTATION # FIN 2010-063Q GEOTECHNICAL TESTING & ENGINEERING SERVICES TWO (2) YEAR CONTRACT WITH AN OPTION TO EXTEND FOR ONE (1) ADDITIONAL YEAR The City of Barrie is seeking Submissions from qualified and experienced firms for the provision of Geotechnical Testing and Engineering Services. This quotation will result in two categories of award: Part 1 – Testing Services – will result in an award to one qualified Bidder. Part 2 – Testing Combined with Engineering Service – will result in an award to a minimum of four (4) qualified Bidders who will then be invited to Bid on large construction projects where there is a combined requirement of testing services and Engineering expertise. A non-refundable fee document fee of $30.00 plus GST applies to each hardcopy of the RFQ Document. Closing: 4:30 p.m. local time, Thursday June 17, 2010 Finance Department, Purchasing Branch Electronic copies are only available through The City of Barrie document fee does not apply to documents that are downloaded electronically through, however a fee may be applicable. THE CORPORATION RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ACCEPT OR REJECT ANY OR ALL SUBMISSIONS.

Shop fresh at the Barrie Farmer’s Market

& Inclement Weather Hotline

The City of Barrie currently has the following vacancies:



Located at City Hall 70 Collier Street Make the decision to buy produce, meats, baked goods, and crafts, from local producers at the Barrie Farmers’ Market - a fresh way to shop. See you bright and early on Saturday at 7:00 am! For more info email:

Free Goods Exchange Day Special Notice Barrie Transit will operated on CANADA DAY

Thursday, July 1, 2010 Hourly service will begin at 12:00 (Noon). The last buses begin leaving the terminal at 10:30 p.m. with all special service ending by 12:15 a.m. The regular fare structure is in effect. For more information on Barrie Transit Service please call (705) 739-4209

Contact Us

Phone: (705) 722-4220

This Saturday from 8am-6pm This Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. place your unwanted household items such as useable furniture, clothing, books, tools, sporting goods, toys, etc. at the end of your driveway or the edge of your lawn. Anyone needing these items can pick them up before 9:00 p.m. that day. Leftovers must be removed by 9:00 p.m. on June 12th. The City of Barrie will not provide a special collection for these items. Visit our website at to download a poster to place on your unwanted items.

TTY: (705) 792-7910


Barrie This Week - June 7, 2010  
Barrie This Week - June 7, 2010