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February 24th Barrie’s New Community Theatre Looks Forward To The Red Carpet


emolition of the old Five Points Scotia Bank building to make way for Barrie’s first Community Theatre began last June and is forging top speed ahead as we approach the project’s substantial completion date of March 31, 2011. “From the beginning I have been very excited for our community and now that it is nearing completion the anticipation of opening the doors is thrilling! The Downtown Community Theatre is an integral part of the City’s plan to revitalize our downtown and to support the development of cultural opportunities as an economic driver,” says Barrie Culture Officer Fred Andrews.

How do I use the signals? It’s easy! Just push the button once to indicate your desire to cross. Shortly thereafter traffic on the main street will stop and the “Walking Person” signal will be displayed.

Plans for a community friendly but upscale theatre in the Downtown core stemmed from previous community research by Hill Strategies indicating the need for a better serving facility for the arts community, residents, the area’s tourism, and the City’s economy. With a $2.5 million federal grant through Cultural Spaces Canada added to budgeted funds and capital fundraising, the new community theatre project received the City Council’s go-ahead last spring. Our new theatre will not only serve residents, tourists, and act as a talent incubator and training ground for local arts groups, but also

benefit local restaurants and hotels. In fact, the downtown theatre is part of Barrie’s Plan for Culture-“Building A Creative Future”, which aims to boost our economy with a mix of professional culture infrastructure. The new 11,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose structure will be run by the City and available to the whole community. It will house comfortable seating for 200, great sight lines, full professional lighting and sound, ceiling height adequate for proper rigging, adequate performance acoustics, upper and lower lobby for event hosting and rehearsals, integration of the outer facade with the Five Points corner, adequate back of house and administrative support spaces on the lower level , and a design that satisfies accessibility codes. Despite detailed planning, the project did meet with several challenges along the way. Previously unknown site conditions found during demolition, excavation and site servicing, an increase in current market costs and late steel delivery, resulted in a budget escalation and a six week delay. In response, the City’s project team has had to implement a number of changes and revisions to minimize additional costs and unexpected schedule delays. Without compromising the building's performance, functionality, and durability, the project team managed to lower what could have been a cost increase of $1.4 million down to the present budget overrun

When you see the “Walking Person” signal: • Cross the street only when it is safe. • Look in all traffic directions and check for turning vehicles. • Be sure to look left-right-left. • When it is safe, proceed across.

of $593,000 by a construction management process that included redesign of the mechanical/HVAC systems, substitution of an alternate exterior tile, deletion of millwork elements, deletion of areas of tongue and groove cedar soffits, ceilings and walls, and a reduction of ICT cabling and equipment. By implementing these changes within very strict timelines, Barrie’s project team successfully reduced what was a 30% project cost increase to a 7.8% increase, while still meeting the substantial completion date of March 31st, 2011 set by the federal Cultural Spaces Program. Now with site servicing, structural masonry and the mezzanine complete and the interior block partition walls substantially complete, the project crew is currently working on installing the structural steel and roofing. Soon, residents driving through the Downtown will notice the theatre’s modern exterior, a mix of brown brick and glass, bringing a much needed facelift to an area of downtown that has been a long time concern of residents. The Downtown Community Theatre will roll-out the red carpet and open its doors to the public in late May when the City of Barrie will officially launch the facility and host the annual Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT) conference and AGM. PACT is a national organization and its annual conference is the largest gathering of theatre professionals in Canada. The 2011 conference, hosted by Barrie’s own Talk is Free Theatre and sponsored by Dalton in partnership with several regional administrations and private sector companies, will be the first PACT conference to be held in this region. For further details, visit or contact Fred Andrews at or call (705) 739-4220 x4365.

When the flashing “Hand” is displayed: • Do Not Start to cross the street after the flashing “Hand” has been displayed. • Do not stop in the middle of the crosswalk or return to the curb. Simply complete your crossing to the other side at a normal pace.

Mid February-End of April

There will be a cash bar, light refreshments and some interesting entertainment. Please R.S.V.P. to prior to March 4, 2011.

In conjunction with Revenue Canada, the City of Barrie 55+ Centres are offering the Community Income Tax Program for people of all ages. Income Tax clinics operate from mid February until the end of April. Only basic returns are accepted and appointments are necessary, so please book your appointment at the respective Centre listed above.

March 24

Senior Connect The Legion Hall , 410 St Vincent St. 11:00 a.m. to 1:00p.m. The Barrie Senior Interagency Committee is proud to present Senior Connect! A Free opportunity for Barrie Seniors to connect with new people and build new friendships. A fun afternoon full of socializing, lunch will be served with live entertainment to enjoy. Transportation to the event is available upon request. Space is Limited. To register call Victoria Village Activity Centre (705) 792-3411.

February 26

March 9

Celebrate a Year of the Arts Southshore Centre, 205 Lakeshore Drive 7:00 p.m., (705) 739-4299 The City of Barrie’s Department of Culture is hosting their yearly review and the community, arts organizations, arts supporters and those that would just like to be more informed around the City’s cultural initiatives are welcome to join us.

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.

A non-refundable Document Fee of $30.00 plus HST applies to each hardcopy of the RFQ Document. Closing: 4:30 p.m. local time, Thursday March 10, 2011.

REQUEST FOR QUOTATION # FIN 2011-009Q FOR THE SUPPLY & DELIVERY OF PACKAGED FERTILIZER & TURF PRODUCTS The City of Barrie is seeking Submissions from qualified and experienced firms for the Supply & Delivery of Packaged Fertilizer and Turf Products. A non-refundable Document Fee of $30.00 plus HST applies to each hardcopy of the RFQ Document.

REQUEST FOR QUOTATION # FIN 2011-024Q LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE FOR THE CITY OF BARRIE SURFACE WATER TREATMENT PLANT (SWTP) & LOW LIFT PUMPING STATION (LLPS) The City of Barrie is seeking submissions from qualified and experienced firms for the provision of all equipment, labour and materials necessary to provide Landscaping Maintenance at the City of Barrie Surface Water Treatment Plant (SWTP) and Low Lift Pumping Station (LLPS). MANDATORY SITE MEETING is scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Thursday February 24, 2011, at the City of Barrie Surface Water Treatment Plant, 20 Royal Parkside Drive, Barrie, ON. Vendors must have a representative in attendance and register at this meeting to have their submission considered compliant. Bidders are required to wear safety shoes and hardhat in order to participate in the site meeting. Safety equipment will not be provided by the City. Documents will not be available at the site meeting. A non-refundable Document Fee of $30.00 plus HST applies to each hardcopy of the RFQ Document. Closing: 4:30 p.m. local time, Thursday March 3, 2011.


Closing: 4:30 p.m. local time, Thursday March 10, 2011.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL # FIN 2011-034P CITY OF BARRIE ONE DAY TRUCKLOAD EVENT FOR THE SALE OF RAIN BARRELS & COMPOSTERS The City of Barrie is seeking Submissions from qualified and experienced firms for the provision of a one day truckload sale event for the sale of composters and rain barrels at two locations within the City of Barrie. A non-refundable Document Fee of $30.00 plus HST applies to each hardcopy of the RFP Document. Closing:4:30p.m.localtime,ThursdayMarch10, 2011.

REQUEST FOR QUOTATION # FIN 2011-028Q REHABILITATION & MAINTENANCE OF THE PURGE WELL SYSTEM AT THE CITY OF BARRIE LANDFILL This Quotation is being issued as a means of seeking submissions from experienced and qualified firms for the provision of all equipment, labour and materials necessary to provide the Rehabilitation and Maintenance of the Purge Well System at the City of Barrie Landfill. A non-refundable Document Fee of $30.00 plus HST applies to each hardcopy of the RFQ Document. Closing: 4:30 p.m. local time, Thursday March 10, 2011.

Community Garden Program

Community Income Tax Program 55+ Centres Allandale 55+ at (705) 728-6332 Parkview 55+ Centre at (705) 737-0755 Victoria Village Activity Centre at (705) 792-3411

BYPC Carnival Day Holly Community Centre, 171 Mapleton Ave. 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., (705) 739-4220 Press 7. For youth ages 11-18yrs. Come out for a fun afternoon done Carnival style! Enjoy games, face drawing, and make your own candy apple!

DOCUMENTS are available on-line at or from the Purchasing Branch, 56 Mulcaster Street, Barrie ON during business hours Monday to Friday, 8:30 am. to 4:30 pm. For further information please visit or by telephone (705) 739-4220 Ext. 4538 or Ext. 4709 or by Email at

This Quotation is being issued as a means of seeking bid submissions from experienced and qualified firms for the provision of all the equipment, labour and materials necessary to provide Dredging

Reminder - Pedestrians have the right-of-way during both the “Walking Person” and the flashing “Hand” displays.

Upcoming Events


Services for three sites within the City of Barrie Marina.

March 19

Canada in Love Allandale Recreation Centre, Main Hall 190 Bayview Drive, 2:00 p.m., (705) 728-6332 One of Frank Sinatra's biggest hits was a love song written by Canadian Ruth Lowe. Her life was the basis of this show written by Dinah Christie which returns and celebrates Canadian Love Songs from the romantic to the ridiculous. “Sweeten” your smile and stay after the performance with a light dessert, tea or coffee. Refreshments included in ticket fee. Buy your tickets early! They may be purchased at the volunteer desk, Allandale 55 + centre. $10.00 each.

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

February 24

Celebrate Black History Month 7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m., Angus Ross Room Award winning author Horane Smith reads from his newly released novel Marooned in Nova Scotia as well as from an earlier novel, Underground to Freedom, which chronicles the journey of a young American slave as he leads his family to freedom in “the Promised Land” via the Underground Railroad. There will be time for discussion and questions. All teens and adults are welcome to attend.

March 2

Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Blogs 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Angus Ross Room A free program for adults who want to know about tweets, Wikis, Blogs, and how to share photos on Flickr. This session will help you get a good idea of how adults and kids are using the Internet to communicate in a whole new way. Demonstration only. Limited to 50 people.

March 3

Investing for Women 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Come join this informative session that will assist women in setting appropriate financial and investment goals to ensure the best possible financial future. Come hear tips from Financial Advisor Greg Damas. There is no fee for this drop-in session.

Public Information Centre Thursday, March 3rd  7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Southshore Community Centre 250 Lakeshore Drive

Residents are invited to attend a Public Information Centre to discuss the current Community Garden Policy and Program and provide comments on extending the program into other parks within the city. Four new park locations will be presented through a slide show presentation at 7:00 pm and drawing displays. Displays and Questionnaires will also be available online following the Public Information Centre.

March 9

Filing Income Tax Online 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., You’ve been told that filing your income tax online is easy and safe but you still have questions about how it works and what information is needed to submit your return electronically. This session covers software options, access codes, file formats etc. to meet the Canada Revenue Agency requirements. A free, drop-in session that is strictly for information purposes.

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

TeleReg capabilities can NO LONGER support an efficient system of registration. To better serve your registration needs and enhance your registration experience, we encourage you to register through E-Reg at or by Mail/Drop Box at City Hall, 3rd Floor, 70 Collier Street or Walk in to any of our designated registration locations.

Contact Us

Help Build Barrie You are invited to be part of upcoming workshops at the Southshore Community Centre, 205 Lakeshore Drive, that will help shape Barrie’s future.

Secondary Plan Visioning Workshop Planning for the Annexed Lands Tuesday, March 8 • 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Community Design Workshop Creating Urban Design Guidelines for Barrie Thursday, March 10 • 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Bring your ideas to these interactive sessions and be part of the planning process. Watch for updates on these projects at

Phone: (705) 726-4242

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL REF # FIN 2011-001P FOR CONSULTING ENGINEERING SERVICES DETAIL DESIGN AND CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION FOR PERRY ST WELL 4A PUMP HOUSE EXPANSION The City of Barrie Design and Construction Department is inviting proposals from engineering consultants for the Detailed Design and Construction Administration of the City’s Perry Street Well 4A Pump House expansion. The Consultant may be required to carry out a Schedule B Class Environmental Assessment, as specified within the RFP document. MANDATORY SITE MEETING has been scheduled for Wednesday March 2, 2011 @ 10:30 am at the Perry Street Well 4A located at 99 Perry St., Barrie, ON. All visitors must wear protective wear (hard hat, safety shoes and vest) at the site meeting. A non-refundable Document Fee of $30.00 plus HST applies to each hardcopy of the RFP Document. Closing: 4:30 p.m. local time, Thursday March 17, 2011.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL # FIN 2011-026P FOR THE PROVISION OF SUBSURFACE UTILITY ENGINEERING (SUE) SERVICES The Corporation of the City of Barrie is seeking an Engineering Consultant with experience in Subsurface Utility Engineering to provide services for the provision of Subsurface Utility Engineering in compliance with CI/ASCE Standard 38-02, “Standard Guideline for the Collection and Depiction of Existing Subsurface Utility Data”. The services included as part of this assignment include but may not be limited to: • Acquisition of Utility Records • Utility Mapping • Utility Designating (geophysics) • Ground Penetrating Radar or other Geophysical Prospecting Equipment • Utility Locating (vacuum excavation) • Survey A non-refundable Document Fee of $30.00 plus HST applies to each hardcopy of the RFP Document. Closing: 4:30 p.m. local time, Thursday March 17, 2011.

PURCHASING BRANCH Electronic copies are only available through The City of Barrie document fee does not apply to documents that are downloaded electronically through Bidding. com/barrie, however a fee may be applicable.

Tax Billing And Installment Due Date Notice The 2011 interim tax bills have been issued for all property owners who are not on a pre-authorized payment plan and who do not have their financial institution pay their taxes. These bills were mailed between January 20th and January 24th. IF: • a mortgage company is responsible forpayment of the taxes, and you have received a bill, please forward the bill to your mortgage company for payment; •

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 be advised that any penalties/interest accrued after the billing date, are not included in the amount due for the February installment. Please contact our office for the current balance outstanding if the arrears are being paid in February;

You signed up for the Pre-Authorized Monthly Payment Plan prior to January 20, 2011 and you have received an interim tax bill, please contact the Tax Department to confirm enrolment in the PAP plan.

Interim installments are due on February 28 and April 26, 2011. 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. Included with the interim tax bills will be a PAP application form. Join the thousands of City property owners already enjoying the benefits of this form of payment. The preauthorized plans available are: • • •

Due Date Plan – installment amount taken on due date; Monthly Plan – equal amounts taken January to May & June to October Arrears Plan – agreed upon amount taken every month (interest applies)



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 pm, Monday to Friday.

Ward 2 Town Hall Meeting

Notice Overnight Parking Restrictions

Ward 2 Councillor Lynn Strachan invites you to attand a Town Hall Meeting with Mayor Jeff Lehman at the MacLaren Art Centre 37 Mulcaster Street

By-law 2007-209 Residents are reminded that from November 1 to April 15 each year, parking of a vehicle on any street or part of a street within the City of Barrie between the hours of 12 midnight and 7 a.m. is prohibited and subject to a $20.00 fine. Within the Downtown Business Improvement Area, on street parking is prohibited between the hours of 3 a.m. and 6 a.m.

Sunday, February 27, 2011 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Any vehicle found parked in contravention of By-law 2007-209 may be ticketed and/or towed.

Drop-ins are welcome.

By keeping the City streets clear of vehicles during this period, you allow the City crews access to help ensure that your roadways are maintained and that large emergency vehicles can get down the street. Parking is prohibited over sidewalks and the City boulevards.

This is your chance to meet our new Mayor and get answers to questions important to you.

Employment Opportunities Are You Interested In Employment Opportunities with the City of Barrie? Visit

TTY: (705) 792-7910


This Week in Barrie - February 24, 2011  

This Week in Barrie - February 24, 2011

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